PEP Guardiola is preparing a sensational swoop for Lionel Messi when he replaces Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager in June.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Reports suggest City have contacted the Barcelona star’s representatives about a possible €160 million deal.

Guardiola is also rumoured to be preparing a €105 million bid for Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Everton defender John Stones.

The former Barcelona boss is making the move to City after three seasons at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Guardiola, who won 14 trophies including two Champions Leagues while at the helm of the Catalan club, will sign a three-year contract.

Guardiola will team up again with director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano following their spell together at Barcelona.

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