Manchester City held talks with Lionel Messi’s agent over a move to the Etihad this summer, according to The Sun.
Three meetings reportedly took place between the club and the player’s representative, although no agreement could be reached.
That hasn’t put City off, though, with the Premier League club set to pick up their interest in Messi next summer – providing he doesn’t agree a new contract with Barcelona.
The South America star might be tempted by a reunion with his influential former boss.
City bigwig Sheikh Mansour is reportedly ready to give Guardiola more cash.
But he expects the Spaniard to win the title this year.
City under-performed last season and finished the season in fourth place.
Mansour won’t accept the same lacklustre showing this term and wants title glory before he gets his chequebook out again.