Manchester City’s Premier League title ambitions have take a serious dent in recent weeks and now, to arrest the worrying slide, club bosses are reportedly ready to give manager Pep Guardiola £250 million and Lionel Messi in a bid to turn things around.
The arrival of Guardiola in the summer was heralded by the blue side of the city as the start of a dominant dynasty and while the league started out as such, over the winter things have taken a turn.
Having been top of the table in the opening weeks of the season, Guardiola’s expensive squad now find themselves down to fifth, only two points ahead of their city rivals, United.
Now, it is being reported via the Daily Star that bosses are once again willing to open the wallet and give Guardiola a war chest of £250million to bring in new players and get the side back to its title winning ways.
Having already spent £150 million during the summer to bring in John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Nolito, this further provision of cash will give the famous manager the means to sign pretty much anyone he wishes.
As if this were not enough, reports from the Sun claim that City bosses are ready to offer Barcelona a cool £100 million for the soon to be 30-year-old Lionel Messi.
The tabloid reports that City representatives approached the Catalan giants last month and their willingness to listen to the Premier League side has encouraged them to pursue a deal for the five time winner of the Ballon D’Or.
While team-mates Luis Suarez and Neymar have both signed new long term deals with the club in recent months, it is reported that the contract Messi would expect is now beyond the capabilities of the Spanish side.
With City owned and backed by the Abu Dhabi royal family, Messi’s wage demands could easily be met should he make the move to the north-west of England.
If all of these reports are indeed true then Guardiola could not only be reunited with Messi once more but he could afford to build his own dream team in Manchester.
Fans will likely greet this news with a degree of scepticism however as the Argentina international has been with Barcelona since he was a boy and it was long assumed he would see out his entire career at the club.
They dare not dream of seeing him call the Etihad Stadium home, do they?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena