When Guardiola arrived for work at his new job a few days later he apparently also received a call that Messi wanted to see him in person.
"But I saw him in these three games and his spirit in the training sessions".
With his Arsenal contract entering its final year and speculation of an Emirates exit only intensifying, it seems as though Sanchez will be on the move.
However, after some erratic performances last season, Pep Guardiola chose to not take the risk and continue with him as the sole first-choice goalkeeper. When a player likes Messi is willing to join City, there must have been huge excitement as well.
"The past isn't important, it is all about tomorrow".
According to a TV3 documentary called Jocs fiscals, Messi's father contacted Citizens chief executive Ferran Soriano to tell him his son was looking to leave the Catalan giants because he felt "trapped" at the Camp Nou. "We will see. If it doesn't happen, he will be part of the group".
Bringing in younger players at the back was clearly on Guardiola's mind this summer after jettisoning the 30-something quartet of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov to bring in fellow full-backs Mendy, Danilo and Kyle Walker.
Foden was highly impressive against a fierce United midfield and was prepared to see plenty of the ball and link up the play and Brahim topped off a solid tour with delightful goals against Real and Tottenham.
Nasri spent last season on loan in Spain with Sevilla, making 23 appearances in a 2016/17 campaign that was disrupted by injury and an anti-doping investigation he is still awaiting the results of, reports Skysports.