Bayern Munich hierarchy have reportedly slapped a ban on Manchester City bound Pep Guardiola from signing any of Bavarians stars when he assumes the managerial sit at the Etihad next season.
Guardiola was confirmed by the Citizens as Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement for next season after agreeing to a £15m-a-season deal and will be given unlimited funds to spend on new signings.
The Spaniard is believed to be in the process of drawing up a list of targets he will give to City’s billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour. Reports say his main focus would be on Juventus ace Paul Pogba, Barcelona duo Sergio Busquets and Neymar along with Everton defender John Stones.
It is understood that Bayern top dogs have struck a verbal agreement with Guardiola that he won’t attempt to loot their squad. Guardiola will not be allowed to raid his old club for the likes of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski when he becomes City boss, Starsport reports.
The news is a setback, with Guardiola a huge admirer of Lewandowski in particular as he looks to sign a top class striker to ease the burden on Sergio Aguero. It also means Guardiola will not be able to target the likes of Mario Gotze, Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara.
The news will also be a huge boost to neighbours Manchester United, who have put striker duo Muller and Lewandowski on their summer shopping list.
Reports say United would be willing to pay Neymar whose current contract runs until the summer of 2018 as much as £1m-a-week to persuade him to leave Barcelona.
The 24-year-old is expected be the focus of a major transfer battle between Manchester rivals United and City this summer as talks over extending his terms have hit a number of stumbling blocks.