Manchester City latest: Ex-United man in and Pellegrini set to follow

Manuel Pellegrini

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It was known even before former manager Roberto Mancini had left his position at Manchester City, but now Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he has agreed to be the Italian’s successor.

Speaking yesterday he said, “There is nothing signed still so I cannot say that I am their coach, but I don’t see that there will be any problems. I have a verbal agreement and I hope that it can be executed.”

The current Malaga coach, who will take charge of his final La Liga game this weekend, also said he had turned down the chance to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at PSG, along with opportunities in both Italy and Russia.

Manchester City have offered me a great project,” he said. “Hopefully it becomes official.”

Should that happen, the 59-year-old will be hoping the stories linking the club to Premier League stars past and present are true.

One man City are reportedly hoping to bring back to England is former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Following reports that Manchester United are keen on his services, City are now said to have been notified of his availability. Although with David Silva and Samir Nasri already on their books, and with the potential arrival of Malaga playmaker Isco, the ex-Gunner may ultimately find himself elsewhere.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has also been linked with a move to the Etihad. And while Madrid seems his most likely destination should he move this summer, reports today suggest City, United and Chelsea are all prepared to offer £80million for the Welshman.

Arguably the hottest property in Europe, it is no surprise England’s major clubs are entering the race. But should Bale leave, it is unlikely Daniel Levy will sell to a Premier League rival…unless of course the offer is too good to refuse.

One man City have already signed is Gavin Rhodes, the former head of coaching at Manchester United Soccer Schools.

Previously responsible for recruitment, training and development of all the schools’ coaches, it is hoped Rhodes can replicate the huge success he enjoyed at United, where he also oversaw expansion in the Middle East, Scandinavia and Asia.

And finally, City midfielder Samir Nasri has been forced to pull out of France’s tour of South America due to a knee injury.

It is a blow for the 25-year-old, who had vowed to show he could be a key player for his country and lose the trouble-maker tag he had previously been given.

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