PEP GUARDIOLA wants to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi this summer to spearhead his rebuilding of Manchester City.

And a deal to bring five times World Player of the Year Messi,29, to the Etihad Stadium might not as far fetched as it seems.

Messi is out of contract at the end of next season and is struggling to agree a new set of terms which could lead to his departure from the club this summer.

Barca can only spend 70 per cent of their income on wages and have given new deals to a number of players including Luis Suárez and Neymar.