Pep Guardiola will have a war chest of at least £150m to spend on new players when he replaces Manuel Pellegrini as the Manchester City manager in the summer but he won’t be allowed to touch a single Bayern Munich footballer.
According to a report in Daily Star, the German giants have slapped a ban on their outgoing coach, preventing him from signing any of their stars when he becomes City boss.
If City fans expected Guardiola to rope in the likes of Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski or Xabi Alonso when he eventually arrives in Etihad, they will have to be disappointed since the Bundesliga club is understood to have struck a no-poaching contract with Guardiola, according to the report.
Guardiola, who won 14 trophies including two Champions League titles in his four years as Barcelona coach before taking up Bayern Munich job, will get a paycheque which is 3 million euros fatter than the one at Bayern but he will denied access to a top-class striker like Lewandowski who could have made a huge difference to the Premier League club’s fortunes and take some burden off Sergio Aguero.
The move also robs Guardiola the chance of signing Mario Gotze, Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara.
Though City’s finances will be further swelled by the new overseas broadcast deal, the Bayern no-poaching deal, albeit unofficial, may end up benefiting neighbours Manchester United, who have put striker duo Muller and Lewandowski on their summer shopping list.
Guardiola, according to the report, is expected to focus his attention on Juventus ace Paul Pogba, Barcelona duo Sergio Busquets and Neymar along with Everton defender John Stones.