Pep Guardiola set to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City
Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is being linked with a move to the Premier League champions Manchester City. Reports from the Sun claim the Spaniard has become the front-runner for the hot-seat at the Eastlands if Roberto Mancini gets the sack this summer.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is in danger of losing his job if he is unable to bring silverware to the club this term. The Italian has led Manchester City to an FA Cup and the Premier League title over the past two seasons, but is heading towards a trophy-less campaign this season.
Pep Guardiola, who took a break from football last summer, has expressed desire to join a Premier League club when the current season comes to an end. The Spaniard has been linked to big-money moves to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, but there has been no official confirmation on which club he would join.
Many see Pep Guardiola as the long-term replacement for Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scotsman is an avid fan of the 41-year-old manager, but has hesitated from nominating him as his successor.
More recently, Chelsea have reportedly offered Pep Guardiola £80 million to replace interim manager Rafael Benitez at the end of the season. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has supported this notion, but it is still not clear whether Pep Guardiola will agree to becoming the new manager of Chelsea – a club that is driven by its billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
After gathering 14 trophies including two Champions League titles at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola wants to challenge himself in the Premier League. This means the Arsenal job will also attract Pep Guardiola. Arsenal is amidst a seven-year long silverware drought, which looks no closer to ending under Arsene Wenger.
However, lack of funds at Arsenal might drive Pep Guardiola towards Chelsea or Manchester City. Insiders at Manchester City claim Pep Guardiola will be given the key to their treasure chests, which is something Pep Guardiola got quite used to at Barcelona.
“It is 100 per cent certain that Guardiola is going to City this summer,” a reliable source from Spanish football told the Sun. “And when I say 100 per cent I don’t mean 99 per cent, I mean 100 per cent!”
If Pep Guardiola becomes joins a Premier League club this summer he will become the highest-paid manager in all of England. The Spaniard is expected to pocket a salary of £10 million.