Man City refute ‘triple-salary’ Messi transfer claim

first_imgManchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi’s salary in a bid to sign the Argentina international from Barcelona.The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was asked at a recent Q&A event which transfer near-miss he most regrets from his 10 years with the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, “Messi”.On Saturday, however, Mundo Deportivo ran an updated story, including quotes supposedly made by Al Mubarak, that revealed further details of City’s unsuccessful attempt.City insist they “absolutely refute” this version of events, stating that Al Mubarak provided no extra information.Goal understands that City had held a long-term interest in signing Messi, although the new deal he signed with Barca in November 2017 put paid to their hopes of luring him to England.Indeed there are fresh reports that Messi is in line for yet another contract extension.Barca are confident that they can tie him down for the remainder of his career, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu telling the Times recently: “He doesn’t want to leave.“We always tell him he can be a one-club man. That is his project too.”last_img read more

English Soccer Wows New York

first_imgNEW YORK — Simon Mignolet saved two penalty kicks and Lucas Leiva scored in the fourth round to lift Liverpool past Manchester City after they tied 2-2 on July 30 night in an International Champions Cup game.Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling curled in a goal in the 85th minute to tie it at 2 at Yankee Stadium in front of 49,653 fans. Emre Can and Jordan Henderson also converted penalty kicks for Liverpool in the Pool B game.Stevan Jovetic scored two goals, for a second consecutive match, for Premier League champion Manchester City.Jesus Navas crossed a ball into the 6-yard box through the legs of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, and Jovetic touched it home the 53rd minute. A deflected ball fell to his feet in the 67th minute and he punched it under the outstretched arm of Mignolet.Henderson tied it for Liverpool at 1 when he bent a ball around second-half goalkeeper Joe Hart. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more