Pep Guardiola has reportedly been banned from signing any Bayern Munich players when he moves from the Allianz Arena to take over as manager at Manchester City in the summer.
Per Jeremy Cross in the Daily Star, Guardiola will be given "unlimited funds" to spend on transfers when he succeeds Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium, but he will not be allowed to move for Bayern players after reaching a "verbal agreement" with the Bundesliga club.
The report added that Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was seen as a key target for the Spanish manager when he moved to City in order to take some pressure off Sergio Aguero, but such a move has now seemingly been ruled out.
Manchester United and Real Madrid should both be boosted by the news as they have been heavily linked with numerous Bayern players in the recent past.
According to Cross, the Red Devils are targeting both Lewandowski and forward Thomas Muller, while Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC reported that Real Madrid have also been rumoured to be interested in the Pole.
Furthermore, Los Blancos were previously linked with Bayern defender David Alaba, per Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Edu Herrero of AS), and their chances of signing the full-back could now have improved significantly.
Guardiola will have to look to other clubs for additions then as he attempts to build City into a Champions League-winning side, and Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently hailed Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan as a potentially fine addition to the Sky Blues' midfield:
Cross indicated that Guardiola's key targets will be Juventus star Paul Pogba, Everton centre-back John Stones and Barcelona pair Neymar and Sergio Busquets.
Dominic Fifield of the Guardian (via BT Sport Football) believes a Stones move from Goodison Park to City is inevitable given how poor the Sky Blues have been at centre-back this season:
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And Busquets has previously hinted that he could be persuaded away from Barcelona by Guardiola having broken into the Blaugrana side under his management back in 2008-09, per ESPN FC.
The 27-year-old Spaniard is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and would add a steel to the City spine that has been missing this season, especially with Vincent Kompany sidelined.
Neymar seems like a long shot given how key he is at Barca, and City would have to go up against local rivals United if they wanted to sign him, as the Red Devils have long been linked with a huge-money move for the Brazilian star, per Shaun Custis in the Sun.
Pogba is one of the most coveted stars in world football, but if money is genuinely no object for City, then they could be in with a chance of signing the Frenchman.
The ban from raiding Bayern is a slight blow for City and Guardiola, but there is quality enough out there for superstar additions to be made anyway.