Lionel Messi's future at FC Barcelona remains uncertain but that could all change in January.
The Argentina captain requested to leave the Catalans at the end of last season as the club descended into chaos following a poor campaign.
Messi eventually made a U-turn on his decision when he saw that he would need to head to court to try to force an exit, but at the time, City were one of the most likely suitors for the player's signature.
Barca are on the brink of a financial crisis, though, and it has been reported that interim president Carles Tusquets needs to save a whopping €300 million (R5.6 billion) to avoid one.
Messi's hefty salary could play a big part in those savings, and according to ESPN, the Citizens are now putting together an offer for the superstar, which they plan to lodge in January.
Of course, that offer is not expected bring in a huge transfer fee for Barca due to the fact that the forward will be available on a free at the end of the campaign.
However, City are reportedly looking to jump ahead of any competition by tying him down on a pre-contract deal.