Peter Crouch Gives His Honest Prediction For Who Will Win The Premier League Title Next Season
Pep Guardiola's men failed to defend their championship status last season as Liverpool comfortably topped the table by an 18-point margin.
City have now been linked with a sensational move for Messi after the Barcelona captain submitted a transfer request last month.
Crouch, 39, has insisted that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's arrival at the Etihad would be the "difference" in deciding the title race next season.
The former Stoke City star told Paddy Power: "Imagine if City pulled off the Lionel Messi transfer?
"I love watching them play now, they're an absolute class act. And honestly, if they added Messi, I'd think that would be the difference between them winning the title and not.
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"This season is the last year of Pep Guardiola's contract at City -- and he's been a top-class manager for them. The only thing failing him is Europe, isn't it?
"Winning the Champions League has eluded him, but the improvement the club have made since he took charge has been unbelievable.
"He's kicked them on to a new level, but some people might not view it as successful as other managers because of the Champions League.
"It is the one trophy they are so desperate to win. I think Guardiola has been a breath of fresh air for the Premier League -- his football has been amazing. He's a top manager, but not winning the Champions League is definitely a blot."
But now Messi, who is out of contract next summer, is reportedly set to make a U-turn on his Barca exit as he sees out the final year of his current deal.
Barcelona are battling to keep hold of the Argentina captain and won't allow him to leave unless a club pays his astonishing £624m release clause.
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