Reported Manchester United managerial target Pep Guardiola has already been contacted about the possibility of taking over at Manchester City according to a story in Spain.
Following the departure of Davied Moyes from Old Trafford, it was widely reported that Louis van Gaal would be named as his replacement. And yet with each passing day, stories emanate from the media suggesting United are looking long and hard at other options – most notably Guardiola.
The Bayern Munich boss is under some pressure following his side’s Champions League mauling at the hands of Real Madrid, and he did not ease the speculation when he said, “I know if we don’t win, I’m in danger,” in relation to the upcoming German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.
But a report in Spain suggests it may not be United Guardiola heads to if he leaves Germany, but their closest rivals.
Spanish newspaper Voz Populi has published a story claiming City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has already told Guardiola that there is a job at City if he wants it.
Given that Manuel Pellegrini is closing in on the Premier League title, it would be unfair on the Chilean if he is ousted after a single – potentially double-winning – campaign. But given the Barcelona links between Begiristain and Guardiola, the report does make an element of sense.
There are a lots of ifs, buts and maybes attached to this story, but if Guardiola does head to City, it will be an almighty blow for those United fans who would prefer the younger model over the 62-year-old van Gaal.