Pep Guardiola has agreed to join Manchester City next season, according to reports in Spain on Thursday night.
The Bayern Munich manager’s contract expires at the end of the season. He is to have talks with the club’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge next month to decide his future.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, the former Barcelona manager has already decided to take over at the Etihad Stadium.
“Guardiola has decided on a change of scenery,” the report read.
“He considers his time in Germany will end on 30 June after three seasons and, therefore, fulfil one of his wishes: to coach in England.”
The report also claims that current City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be allowed to leave.
According to Barcelona based newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the Bayern Munich boss has signed a pre-contract with Manchester City on Thursday to take over at the end of this season. The news comes just 24 hours after City fell to another miserable Champions League defeat, this time in Turin by Juventus.
Some reports also claim that no such deal has been made and that the 44-year-old coach’s future remains undecided.
But suggestions that a deal has already been made comes after Bayern Munich’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge shocked listeners at a sponsor’s event on Wednesday by saying: “No one is irreplaceable. Players come and go and it is the same for coaches. The coaches come in and at some point they leave. If Guardiola leaves another exceptional coach will come in.”
Although Bayern are still keen on keeping Guardiola, this was nevertheless the first indication that they may already be thinking about replacing him at the end of the season.
Confirming that he will hold talks with Guardiola after Bayern play Hannover on December 19, Rummenigge said: “It is not planned to push back that date. We have always said there will be a decision in 2015.”
“I know that it’s late, just days before Christmas. But the talks will be held after the Hannover match, and we’ll then announce a decision.”
Reports however, will finally come to rest from the man himself who has promised to make his decision before the end of the year but until then Manchester City remains the top contenders.