Manchester City have ruled out including Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus in a deal for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

City remain tight-lipped on stories about their interest in Messi, who has told Barcelona he wants to leave.

Although it is thought the six-time world player of the year has spoken to City boss Pep Guardiola about moving to the Premier League, the Blues are wary of any public comment given the complexities around a deal that would be regarded as one of the biggest in the history of world football.

However, the club are also mindful of the spin-off from speculation around 33-year-old Messi, and have sought to quell talk of a mass exodus as part of any deal.

While two of the players mentioned as possible makeweights in a deal – Eric Garcia and Angelino – may yet end up at Barcelona before the transfer window closes on 5 October, City sources are anxious to end speculation that Bernardo, Mahrez and Jesus may leave as well, reports BBC Sport.