Pep Guardiola, who will replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager in the summer, has a verbal agreement with Bayern Munich that prevents him from signing any of their players, according to the Daily Star.
A host of players from the Allianz Arena have been linked with a move to the Citizens since the announcement that Guardiola would take over at the Etihad Stadium was made.
The Spanish coach made Thiago – a player he managed at Barcelona – his first signing for the German giants. The hierarchy at Bayern Munich noticed this and held talks with Guardiola after he confirmed that he would leave the club.
Guardiola agreed, in principle, to avoid talks with any Bayern Munich players during the transfer window.
This means that Sky Blues’ fans will not be seeing the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben or the aforementioned Thiago appearing in a City shirt during Guardiola stint at the helm of the two-time Premier League champions.
As it stands, there is no agreement preventing Guardiola from purchasing Barcelona players and, with increasing speculation surrounding the future of Brazilian superstar Neymar, the Catalan giants could be a major outlet for City in the summer.