NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City have reportedly made a “preliminary agreement” with Pep Guardiola become the club’s next manager.
According to the Mirror, the claim was made by FIFA agent Francois Gallardo.
The likes of Chelsea and AC Milan have been strongly linked with the former Barcelona manager, but according to Gallardo, Manchester City have already made their move to replace manager Roberto Mancini with Guardiola.
“Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City,” Gallardo was quoted by the paper as saying on Thursday.
“No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him.”
The report only came days after the Spanish coach turned down the opportunity to become the next manager of Chelsea, following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
It is believed that Guardiola has his eyes firmly set on taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he retires from Manchester United, although currently Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho is also said to be in the running for the same post.