Mega-rich top-flight club still hope to get their man though.
Manchester City’s hopes of officially unveiling new head coach Manuel Pellegrini have hit a stumbling block over a financial dispute involving the Chilean’s former club Malaga, reports the Daily Mirror.
The big-spending Premier League club have already agreed personal terms with the 59-year-old, who is set to earn £5 million a season at Eastlands across a three-year deal as a replacement for the recently departed trainer Roberto Mancini.
However, despite having already left his post with Liga high-flyers Malaga following the conclusion to the campaign, Pellegrini has still not be paid his wages for the previous two months by the cash-strapped Spanish outfit.
And if Pellegrini is not paid for a third straight month, that will automatically forfeit Malaga’s right to demand the £3.2m in compensation for their highly regarded manager that was the value of the buy-out clause in his contract with the club, with the South American able to therefore walk away on a ‘free’.