Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a signing on fee of €100 million plus an annual salary of €50m to join up at the Eithad, Marca reports.
With the player’s future at Camp Nou up in the air with no contract signed until last week, the Argentine was offered incredible money to move to the Premier League.
Messi never had any intention of leaving Camp Nou, yet it stunned Barca into matching the deal proposed to him by City, making him the world’s best paid player again ahead of Neymar and Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to sell Theo Walcott in the January transfer window, claims The Sun.
Walcott’s former club Southampton, along with West Ham, are interested in the England international as Wenger looks to raise funds to bring in new signings.