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Pep Guardiola prepares to fight Barcelona in €50m transfer battle for key signing

Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to come up against former club Barcelona in the transfer market as they’ve both set their eyes on the same target.

Things are going well at Manchester City for the Spanish tactician this year, as he’s led them to the top of the Premier League table and their Champions League group so far this season.

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In turn, it’s questionable as to whether he really needs to be looking at more transfer targets, but according to Sport, as per SportBild, that seems to be the case as both Guardiola and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde seemingly want to add Bayern Munich ace Joshua Kimmich to their respective squads.

Further, it’s noted that both clubs are willing to bid up to €50m for the German international, and Guardiola will know all about him having previously worked with him during his stint in Bavaria.

Given the two clubs involved in the transfer talk, it will undoubtedly be a very difficult decision for the 22-year-old to make if he has intentions of leaving Germany to start a fresh challenge as playing for Guardiola or Barca is a dream for many.

Nevertheless, it would seem strange for him to leave at this stage of his career, as he’s already a key figure for club and country, with 92 appearances in all competitions under his belt for Bayern which has led to two Bundesliga titles and three domestic cups.

In addition, he’s got 24 caps for Germany and helped them win the Confederations Cup last summer as perfect preparation for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Coupled with the fact that he’s practically been an ever-present for Bayern so far this season, it’s difficult to see him wanting to leave.

Kimmich’s technical quality, energy and versatility are all key attributes that make him a stand-out performer, and it’s certainly no surprise that he’s attracting interest from elsewhere with such a hefty price-tag being touted.

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