City sources say club considering Pellegrini position already.
Manchester City may be ready to part company with current manager Manuel Pellegrini as soon as next summer with the view of appointing Pep Guardiola as his replacement, according to the Daily Mirror, who cite club insiders.
The Chilean tactician is under growing pressure at the Etihad Stadium after a disappointing start to the season which already sees the reigning Premier League champions six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea in the title race, while the club is close to heading out of the Champions League at the group stage and is already out of the running to retain the Capital One Cup after a fourth round exit at home to Newcastle United.
Despite enjoying great success in his first season at the club, Pellegrini may be on borrowed time at City, and club sources feel there is a genuine chance that an approach will be made to the Bayern Munich manager at the end of this season.
The Spaniard, formerly of Barcelona, has also been linked as a top contender to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but City may be about to step up their efforts to lure him to Manchester instead.
“There is a belief one day Pep will arrive at City,” a source close to the club revealed.
“Given he’s under contract at Bayern people wonder if he is attainable. But let’s see what might happen next summer.”