I have no doubts about their respect for pep.Pep gave Thiago his first games for Barcelona B as a 15/16 year old. He's known him for 13+ years, played 150 games under his management in 2 countries. Pep famously made signing him a provision in his contract with Bayern Munich.
I don't think he'll be going to Leroy to get a read on Pep.
Similarly he's known Silva, Boateng, Xabi Alonso, Navas, Coutinho, Gnabry for years if he wants info about moving to England and the North West.
Alaba in a similar situation.
Not that i think Leroy would actually have much bad to say about the club.
But neither has any actual experience of manchester or the club (beyond what they hear within the confines of germany and bayern - which I doubt is positive!!).
Add to that a player that agitated for a move from city to bayern and I can’t imagine either has any desire to play here whatsoever.
I’d be shocked if we sign any of their key players this summer or for a while.