Barcelona Pursuing Man City Target Manuel Pellegrini as Possible Vilanova Replacement

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Malaga manager also wanted by Catalan giants.

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Manchester City may not have quite secured Manuel Pellegrini as their next manager, as Barcelona are said to be considering hiring the Malaga boss to replace Tito Vilanova.

The London Evening Standard claims that Barcelona are considering the position of Vilanova, who has not convinced the board that he is the man for the job, despite winning La Liga this season.

Vilanova was promoted from assistant manager to replace Pep Guardiola, who surprisingly quit Barcelona at the end of last season after four years of immense success at the Nou Camp.

Things have not gone all Barca’s way under Vilanova this season, with a humiliating 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals and a number of unconvincing displays against fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Pellegrini is said to be in the frame for Barca, after doing good work with Malaga this season, but his time with Real Madrid a few years ago may make him a controversial choice for the club.

The Chilean was understood to have held talks with Manchester City before Roberto Mancini was even sacked, and was also rumoured to be a target for Chelsea before they seem to have opted for a return for Jose Mourinho.

It is not clear who City would turn to if they lost out on their main target, but Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp could still be available this summer.

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