It’s been in the pipeline for quite some time, but a ‘verbal agreement’ has now reportedly been reached between Pep Guardiola and Txiki 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 the ‘OK’ to his friend Begiristain, 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 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 are 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.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena