Manchester City ‘is aiming for sensational double attack from Erling Haaland AND Lionel Messi this summer’

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Manchester City ‘is aiming for a sensational double strike from Erling Haaland AND Lionel Messi this summer’ – with Pep Guardiola ‘eager to reunite with the Barcelona icon and find Sergio Aguero’s long-term replacement’

Manchester City are reportedly still looking to sign Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland this summer in what would be a sensational double transfer.

City had long been the favorite to sign Messi since shocking the football world last summer and expressing his desire to leave Barcelona before withdrawing after facing a legal battle over his contract.

Reports in Spain on Wednesday claimed a move to the Etihad was no longer taking place for Messi, however according to The sunCity remains committed to signing the iconic forward with Haaland once the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

Manchester City has been linked to a move by Lionel Messi since last summer

Sportsmail understands that City is also focusing on a big step for Erling Haaland

Sportsmail understands that City is also focusing on a big step for Erling Haaland

Man City reportedly wants to sign both Lionel Messi (left) and Erling Haaland (right)

Reports allege City is still keen to reunite Pep Guardiola and Messi at the Etihad

Reports allege City is still keen to reunite Pep Guardiola and Messi at the Etihad

Reports allege City is still keen to reunite Pep Guardiola and Messi at the Etihad

City have made it no secret that they are looking for firepower, after confirming on Monday that all-time top scorer Aguero will leave at the end of the season once his contract expires.

Sportsmail understands that Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish are at the top of City’s transfer wish list as Pep Guardiola gears up to refresh his squad.

The pair are expected to cost close to £ 200 million – a strong show of intent from a club on the verge of sealing a third Premier League title in four seasons.

However, The sun have further claimed Messi is still on their top goals list and City will try to capitalize on Barcelona’s financial woes to sign the expensive Argentinian once his contract expires in the summer.

Messi made it clear last summer that he was planning to leave Barcelona after an argument with the club

Messi made it clear last summer that he was planning to leave Barcelona after an argument with the club

Messi made it clear last summer that he was planning to leave Barcelona after an argument with the club

It was widely expected that City would bring Messi to the Premier League last summer after the player told Barça he wanted to exercise his option to leave for free.

Messi sent the Spanish giants an official burofax outlining that he wanted to end his time at the Nou Camp, although Barça remained steadfast and successfully claimed that such a deadline to notify them of this intention had passed.

Messi has fallen back this season despite being forced to stay and has returned to his majestic best, currently leading the way in the La Liga goalscorer list with 23 goals and eight assists from 26 games played.

And while things now look rosy again at Nou Camp, City still seems ready to try their luck by reuniting Guardiola and Messi in England.

The report further claims that Messi has not ruled out a move to Manchester either and that he could form a deadly strike partnership with Haaland if City brought in the superstar duo.

Guardiola is after a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is leaving this summer

Guardiola is after a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is leaving this summer

Guardiola is after a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is leaving this summer

Haaland, 20, has long been Guardiola’s primary target as the team’s next main striker and has had an enviable scoring return this season, with 39 goals in 38 appearances for club and country.

The Norwegian international, whose father Alfie played as a City player for three years, will play against his suitors in the quarter finals of the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

City’s chase of Haaland suggests they are looking for a younger age profile of the player.

Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne will all be 30 before the next season kicks off. It is to be hoped that a new contract with De Bruyne can be concluded in the coming months.

Haaland prefers the central attack area, but City have alternatives in case Chelsea or Real Madrid stare at them.

Guardiola wants to make a big leap in the market with the elected champions

Guardiola wants to make a big leap in the market with the elected champions

Guardiola wants to make a big leap in the market with the elected champions

Harry Kane, who recently admitted that he will decide his Tottenham future after Euro 2020 this summer, is an obvious choice and a player revered by Guardiola.

In an interview on talkSPORT on Tuesday, the City boss continued to praise the exciting Aguero, saying he is ‘irreplaceable’.

Guardiola added: ‘He is a legend, the best striker this club has ever had … but he is irreplaceable in the spirit to our fans, our people and the players who played alongside him or the managers who worked with him .

“He’s a great person, a great person and I’m pretty sure if his mind is still aggressive he can extend his career beyond maybe two or three or four or five years.”

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