Zenit St Petersberg wants Manuel Pellegrini if Manchester City decides to fire him at the end of this season.
The Russian champions are seriously looking for a replacement for current manager Andre Villas-Boas, who is expected to leave them at the end of this campaign.
According to a report from Daily Mirror, Zenit hierarchy has now identified Pellegrini as their next manager. The Chilean tactician is believed to leave Manchester City this summer to make way for Bayern boss Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard has already said that he will leave Germany at the end of this season.
The Russian club’s Multi-millionaire president and oil baron Alexander Dyukov is ready to bankroll a move for a high-profile manager like Pellegrini if he does become available this summer.
Sources close to the Russian club also claim Dyukov hopes to lure the Chilean boss with a long-term contract worth almost £5m-a-season.
Zenit, who sensationally won the UEFA Cup and Super Cup in 2008, this season also have reached the Champions League last 16, where they will battle it out with Benfica.
It is suggested that the Russian giants believe Pellegrini is the right person to take the team to the next level in European football continuing their domestic dominance.
However, It remains to be seen whether the under-pressure City manager would be tempted by a move to Russia or not. But he is well aware there is a strong possibility he might be looking for a new job at the end of this campaign.
Pep Guardiola is surely the most favourite one to replace him at the Etihad, even if Pellegrini manages to win the Premier League title along with Champions League.
Not only Zenit, Pellegrini has also been heavily linked with taking over as the next Chile manager.
Jorge Sampaoli has stepped down already, leaving the role now vacant, but like in the past, Pellegrini has distanced himself from the job this time also, despite admitting he would like to do manage Chile at some point before he retires.
Pellegrini said: “It would be ideal to end my career coaching the national team, but I hope it isn’t in the next four years.
“Between the World Cups of Russia 2018 and Qatar, 2022 could be the right time.”
Sampaoli guided Chile to their first ever international title when they managed to win the Copa America last year beating Argentina and Pellegrini further said: “It is regrettable that things didn’t work out for him with the team. He deserved to have continued.”