That means City would, for the first time, have to rock the boat in order to get Rodgers out of Leicester.
But what works in their favour is the 48-year-old’s own stance.
Rodgers is open to taking the City job in 2023 and, therefore, will turn Newcastle down if they come calling now they’re flush for cash.
And how the situation pans out in the next 18 months remains to be seen, especially given Rodgers’ vast popularity at Leicester.
Guardiola suggested in August that he’d take on a new challenge when his contract expires in two years’ time.
He said: “Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step.