Manchester City have opened talks with Carlo Ancelotti over replacing Manuel Pellegrini, and with their no.1 target Pep Guardiola unlikely to leave Bayern Munich, the Real Madrid boss could become the club’s main summer target.
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Pellegrini’s position is hugely under-threat, as they were dumped out of the Champions League for another season by Barcelona, and look set to relinquish their Premier League trophy to Chelsea.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, discussions are taking place with the Real boss over a move to the Sky Blues, with his future at the Santiago Bernabeu uncertain following a glum second-half of the season.
With Premier League experience, and a manager boasting three Champions League honours, with AC Milan (two) and Real Madrid (one), a competition that the Citizens are desperate for success in, yet have never reached the quarter-finals, the Italian could be the perfect fit for the club’s Abu Dhabi owners.
If Ancelotti fails to win the Champions League and/or La Liga, particularly having recruited a number of costly galacitco’s under his reign – including Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Toni Kroos – failure to secure a title is likely to be considered unacceptable by Real’s club president Florentino Perez.
It would, however, take a huge offer for Man City to lure the Italian away from the Spanish giants, if they remain loyal to his contract.