Pep Guardiola will be pretty happy with his transfer business this summer.
Manchester City spent precisely £153.5million on the likes of John Stones, Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan, and Claudio Bravo, but in the crazy world of the Etihad, there was always room for a few more signings.
Of course, City's dream buy would be a world-class, marquee signing like Lionel Messi or Neymar, both of whom Guardiola knows well from his time at Barcelona.
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It comes as little surprise then, that the Sun are reporting that City held as many as three conversations with the players' agents about the possibility of signing the two superstars.
Another summer, another rumour linking Messi and Neymar with the Premier League. It's usually not worth reading too much into these type of rumours, but Guardiola could be a game-changer here.
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Barca are well aware of his relationship with their players, so they'll be hoping their biggest stars give him a wide berth in the upcoming transfer windows.
Messi and Neymar not interested
City would only have bought one of Messi or Neymar, because presumably there's some limit even for them. Nonetheless, they still enquired as to the availability of either player, neither of whom was interested in the move.
Messi is always going to be linked with the Nou Camp exit until he signs a new contract, with just two years left on his current deal. If the situation doesn't change by the summer, then surely Barca would have to at least consider cashing in on him.
That's to ensure he doesn't leave for free a year later, though based on his previous comments, it's most likely he'd head back to Argentina rather than try his hand in English football.
As for Neymar, it's not all that long since he put pen to paper on a new five-year deal to keep him at the Catalan club, so he could actually be even more difficult to sign than Messi.
Either would be a huge statement of intent from City, and whether they win the Premier League or not this season, there's every chance they could come knocking again next summer.
Would Messi and Neymar be as successful in the Premier League? Let us know in the comments.
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