With Pep Guardiola looking to be on his way to Manchester City, it was inevitable that one of his protégés would be linked with a transfer to the Etihad as well, with Lionel Messi reportedly "blown away" by a mouthwatering offer from the English Premier League side.

With the multi-billion TV deal kicking in next summer, all clubs are set to have finances galore, with City heading the "we are going to spend money like water" queue.

The prime target in that spending spree is Messi, with Manchester City reportedly more than willing to meet the £150million transfer fee that Barcelona are likely to demand.

Barca recently insisted that none of their superstar trio will be leaving the club anytime soon, with Neymar and Luis Suarez also targets for Premier League clubs, specifically the two Manchester ones.

While Manchester United are reportedly eyeing Neymar, City are planning to complete a move for Messi, with the club also willing to pay the left-footed wonder an eyewatering salary of £1m a week, according to The Sun.

Messi is reportedly tempted by the offer and is considering a move, even if it still remains highly unlikely (OK, more like next to impossible) that Barcelona will sanction a transfer.

Things might change if Messi says he wants to leave, but considering his love for Barcelona, it is hard to imagine the Argentine doing that either.

However, that will not prevent City (or United) from making their mega-money moves, and Messi might be tempted further to shift to the English Premier League, specifically the blue-half of Manchester, if Guardiola, as expected, takes over next season.

The Spaniard is about to make an announcement on his Bayern Munich future next week, but media in Germany have already claimed the former Barcelona man will not extend his stay at the Allianz Arena.

Manchester City have reportedly agreed to sign the current Bayern Munich manager in place of Manuel Pellegrini from next season, and you wonder what Messi will say if Guardiola makes a personal phone call to him, asking him to move to the Etihad next summer.