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Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague explains why Lionel Messi to Manchester City deal could be on

The Barcelona superstar could head to Manchester City - especially if Pep Guardiola becomes their manager.

This morning rumours have been flooding in that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is all set to leave the Bundesliga champions for a new challenge in England.

It was reported by Cadena COPE that Guardiola will take over at City in the summer after deciding it is the right time to move on from Bayern and try something new.

That in itself is massively exciting but City have also been linked with Lionel Messi this week. There are rumours that the Argentine is starting to consider his future at Barcelona and The Sun report that City are willing to offer him £800k-a-week to become a City player.

With the talk of his former Barca boss now rearing up perhaps City fans can be more excited than ever at the prospect of Messi actually heading to Eastlands.

One man whose opinion matter on this certainly warrants hearing is Sky Sports Spanish expert Guillem Balague.

He told Sky Sports today:

"All those clubs are trying to do, and I’m sure City are one of them, is try to convince him. If Manchester City are to appoint Pep Guardiola as their coach could that have an influence on Messi’s decision? Absolutely. But you have to say the only thing that is certain is that Messi is at Barcelona, he wants to stay at Barcelona but the door has never been so open before. It doesn’t mean he’s going to move but it means that he is listening.

"It’s not about money if he goes, it’s certainly not about money or the fact that Barcelona is trying to give Neymar a new contract, nothing to do with that. It wouldn’t be for footballing reasons either because at Barcelona he’s at the perfect club for him. But it will have something to do with the treatment he’s getting in regards to the tax situation, which he thinks is unfair. Plus, he is maturing and another challenge is attractive. But we are still at the stage of trying to convince him."

So it certainly seems as though this is the likeliest moment yet that Messi might ever make his way to the Premier League.

A deal seems to be a long way off, but there is no doubt a glimmer of hope for perhaps the first time ever that Messi could head to England.

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