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Pep Guardiola at the Etihad?

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Manchester City have reached an agreement with Pep Guardiola for him to replace Manuel Pellegrini as their manager next season, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Citing information from broadcaster beIN Sports, the report claims that City’s hierarchy have verbally agreed a deal with the current Bayern Munich boss.

Guardiola has one year to run on his contract with the Bavarian giants, but his situation at the club has become considerably weaker amid the recent departures of Bayern’s long-serving medical staff, an apparent fall-out with Thomas Muller and a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona last week.

Pellegrini’s position at the Etihad has been in doubt since their title defence derailed and because of his failings to take City forward in the Champions League.

Whether City can strike a deal with Bayern that keeps them on the right side of financial fair play is a different matter.

But it is well known that City chiefs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain – both ex-Barcelona executives – are eager to make Guardiola their next appointment.

But a City official told the Daily Star: “That claim is nonsense and we completely dismiss this report.”

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