According to the Mirror, Manchester City will make an approach for Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola if they feel current manager Manuel Pellegrini cannot deliver the success they crave. The club are seemingly evaluating their options ahead of next season, as they emerge from a somewhat disappointing month.
Pellegrini's odds on being the next Premier League manager to lose his job were slashed following another disappointing night for City on Wednesday. The club's hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League were left hanging by a thread after they were beaten 2-1 by CSKA Moscow at the Etihad.
Should the Citizens fail to progress to the knock-out phase of the competition - a likely scenario - and then fail to make up the ground on runaway league leaders Chelsea, then it’s hard to see how Pellegrini will still be in a job by next season.
City owner Sheikh Mansour evidently wants European glory and while he is willing to give the Chilean time to turn things around, he will not wait forever. Just like Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, he is unlikely to settle until his side lift a continental trophy.
The club's hierarchy reportedly see Guardiola as the man to deliver a European crown. Nonetheless, his current contract with the Bundesliga is set to run for at least another season, expiring in 2016.
A City insider said: “Txiki and Ferran have a real relationship with Pep.
“There is a belief one day Pep will arrive at City.
“Given he’s under contract at Bayern people wonder if he is attainable. But let’s see what might happen next summer.”
Guardiola has won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011 with Barcelona as well as domestic titles in Spain and Germany. The former Spanish international certainly has the credentials to lead the Citizens to their first European Championship title.
The report suggests that the presence of former Barcelona men Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano - with whom Guardiola enjoyed his best years at the Nou Camp - in the Manchester City boardroom could prove key in any attempt to attract the current Bayern coach to Manchester.