It’s been in the pipeline for quite some time, but a verbal agreement has now reportedly been reached between Pep Guardiola and Tixi Begiristain, City’s director of football and former Barcelona colleague, that the Bayern Munich boss will eventually take over at the Etihad.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Guardiola has given ‘Ok’ to his friend Begiristian, although nothing has been signed and the current agreement between the pair is just verbal.
The Spanish outlet goes on to say that Bayern will fight to keep their current manager.
It is going to be difficult, however with the Manchester city having Begiristain on their side to convince Guardiola to move to the Premier League.
Should Guardiola make this deal more than verbal, it will represent a huge appointment for the club and only enhance their chances of making a larger impact on the European stage.
The state the club is currently in will be a huge draw to a manager of the 44-year-old’s calibre too, as he knows there’s an endless supply of transfer funds and an already hugely talented pool of players to choose from.
City is now used to winning trophies, but the potential appointment of Guardiola would surely bring many more if his past record is anything to go by.
City breaking the Premier League record for the most expensive starting XI ever in the top flight this season is, so far, paying dividends with the Citizens topping the table by two points and not showing many signs of weakness thus far.
Speculation is rife about Guardiola with the Spaniard out of contract at Bayern Munich come to the end of this season.
Bayern continues to fight for Guardiola but are becoming resigned to the fact that he will leave next summer, according to Aguilar.
As a result, overtures were made towards Jurgen Klopp from Bayern, before his imminent move to Liverpool.
Aguilar adds that it is no secret that Manuel Pellegrini was kept on at Manchester City last summer, in a bid to wait for their first choice: Pep Guardiola.
Txiki Begiristain believes that Pep Guardiola is crucial to all the major plans Manchester City have going forward.
Certainly, Pep Guardiola would be a huge asset in English football and already speaks a very high level of English so a move to the Premier League always looked on the cards.