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Manchester City currently believe that they have a chance of signing Lionel Messi this summer, with the Barcelona superstar yet to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp.
It’s being claimed by Spanish media that the European giants are not willing to meet Messi’s wage demands of £650,000 per week, a figure that City could afford.
Pep Guardiola is set to have a £200million kitty this summer to spend on new players, and his good history with Lionel Messi could prove key to luring him away from La Liga.
Reports claimed that up to 18 current City players could be shown the exit door this week following their early Champions League exit to Monaco on Wednesday.
But Guardiola has insisted that he will not make wholesale changes at the end of the season.
‘The people make a report about our performance in Monaco, and the people said we are going to change 12 or 13 players,’ he said.
‘I am going to assure you it’s impossible today to do that.
‘You have to be a little bit more responsible, you have to imagine being the club.
‘Thirteen players have a contract and maybe you have to pay them to go there, to pay their salaries, and [then] pay £40m or £50m for every player, we are going to spend £500m or £600m, it’s impossible.’