Manchester City have joined the battle to sign Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to Le10 Sport.
The French publication claims that manager Pep Guardiola holds the Brazilian in “very high regard” and he would be keen on taking him to the Etihad Stadium under the right circumstances.
However, a move for Coutinho is unlikely to happen before July when CAS will make their judgement over City’s ban from European competitions.
With departures of players, such as Leroy Sane, also likely to happen, Guardiola is said to be keeping his counsel for now until the club’s situation becomes clearer.
Coutinho has been attracting interest from a host of other Premier League clubs with the former Liverpool player having been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Newcastle in recent months.
Barca are keen to offload the 28-year-old to free up funds for other signings and if City were to get involved, they could get him for a bargain price.