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Manchester City 'to step up Lionel Messi pursuit after Pep Guardiola deal'

City 'to step up Messi pursuit after Guardiola deal'
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Manchester City will reportedly up their efforts to sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi after agreeing a new deal with Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City reportedly intend to renew their chase of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in 2021.

Despite their best efforts during the summer transfer window, City missed out on a deal due to the Argentine's release clause.

However, with Pep Guardiola having signed a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, it appears that the Premier League giants are prepared to return for the attacker.

According to The Mirror, City will look to re-open talks with Messi's representatives ahead of signing the player on a free transfer.

Although the 33-year-old has just over seven months remaining on his contract, Barcelona are unlikely to consider a sale in January.

A new president will be elected during the early weeks of 2021, and Josep Maria Bartomeu's replacement will want an opportunity to try to convince Messi to stay at Camp Nou for the rest of his playing career.

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