Big-spending top-flight giants consider a managerial switch this summer.
Manchester City are lining up in-demand Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini to potentially replace under-pressure manager Roberto Mancini at the Etihad stadium next season, reports the Guardian.
The mega-rich Premier League club’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, flew to Spain on Monday to meet with the Chilean’s agent as the club prepare for the possible summer exit of the popular Italian.
Pellegrini, 59, is currently one of the most coveted trainers on the continent after guiding the high-flying La Liga club to within seconds of reaching this season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Pellegrini is also the only coach in the history of Europe’s premier club competition to have ever led two debutants into the knockout rounds of the tournament after overseeing Villarreal’s surprise run to the semi-finals in 2006.
And, coupled with the impressive domestic results that he has achieved at both Malaga, Real Madrid and Villarreal, Pellegrini is seen by those in charge of City as being the ideal man to take the club to the next level next season – especially in Europe.