Manchester City are ready to approach Pep Guardiola as he prepares to quit Bayern Munich, reports from the Mirror have confirmed.
The Spanish manager has made the decision to leave the German champions and City are now hopeful of appointing him at the end of the season.
Although City manager Manuel Pellegrini has 18 months remaining on his contract, the Blues know that passing up the opportunity to land a long-term deal for Guardiola would be a big mistake.
The former Barcelona coach has close connections with City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain from their time working together at the Catalan club, so there is an immediate club where he can happily fit in at if he wishes to do so after departing Germany.
With Guardiola wanting a ‘new challenge’ reportedly being in the Premier League, the Manchester club have an even bigger advantage of getting their man and are certain to make their move for arguably the world’s best manager.
Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the club are expecting Guardiola’s final decision on his future plans after their match against Hannover this Saturday.
Guardiola is to meet with Rummenigge after the match, where he is expected to confirm his decision to quit. Rummenigge stated, ”It’s not planned to push back that date, we have always said there will be a decision in 2015″.
With a manager of his reputation – three La Liga’s, two Champions League’s and two Bundesliga’s in just seven years of management at Barcelona and Bayern Munich – the former Premier League Champions could land one of the best deals they’ll ever make if they can do so next summer.
City insisted on Wednesday night that they have made no approach as of yet and a deal isn’t in place for Guardiola.