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With just two years remaining on his current Manchester City deal, Pep Guardiola could be in line for a dramatic return to Barcelona, the club where his managerial journey first began thirteen years ago.
The Catalan giants are attempting to rebuild after the loss of talismanic captain Lionel Messi, and club president Joan Laporta is reportedly willing to do all he can to lure the legendary coach back to his native Spain.
According to El Nacional, Laporta views Guardiola as the perfect man to lead Barcelona back to the top of world football.
The club hasn't won the Champions League since 2014/15, a season which saw the goals of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar power the side to a historic treble.
All three South American superstars have since moved on, with the club hierarchy in desperate search of new heroes who can help carry the club to future glories.
However, an outstanding manager will also be needed for success - which is where Pep enters the conversation.
Having won all there is to win domestically for Man City, if Guardiola can finally end the club's Champions League hoodoo this term, a return to Barcelona could very well be on the cards.
During his first spell in Catalonia, between 2008 and 2012, Guardiola helped assemble one of the greatest club sides the world has ever seen.
Two Champions League wins would follow, as well as three La Liga titles; as Messi, Xavi and co swept aside all European and domestic challengers.
While it would be virtually impossible for the 50-year-old to recreate such dominance the second time around, there are few managers in world football who have the same cache as Pep - given all he has achieved.
Ronald Koeman may currently be in charge of Barcelona, but his days appear to be numbered after a slow start to the new season.
Guardiola's return to the club is still far from assured, but if El Nacional is to be believed, Laporta will do "everything in his power" to bring the serial winner back to Camp Nou.
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