Manchester City have rubbished rumours linking them with a £100million summer bid for Barcelona's Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi.
A report in The Sun newspaper suggested that the Citizens had made Messi their top transfer target, but the Premier League club have robustly denied such talk.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Following an article in The Sun newspaper which claimed that Manchester City are preparing a £100million bid for Lionel Messi, the club would like to make the following information clear.
"The story is untrue and this fact has been accepted by the newspaper in question.
"General comments about Lionel Messi made by Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, who holds no position at the club, were mistakenly linked to Manchester City.
"The article was printed in error and an apology to His Highness Sheikh Mansour, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim and a correction in Saturday's edition of the paper will follow."