Guardiola wants City to buy 'new Messi' in £20m deal?

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/04/2019

Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to make a summer swoop for 'new Lionel Messi' Thiago Almada for a deal worth £20m deal.

The 17-year-old, who has scored three times and registered two assists in 16 appearances for Velez Sarsfield this season, has been dubbed the 'new Lionel Messi' in Argentina.

According to The Sun, City have made the attacker a 'top target' for this summer's transfer window and the Citizens are prepared to pay £20m for his services in order to help secure a work permit.

The same report has also claimed that should City be hit with a FIFA transfer ban then they would ensure that Spanish partner club Girona completes a deal for the teenager ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign.

Almada, who largely operates in the number 10 position, has scored once in seven appearances for Argentina's Under-20 side.