MANCHESTER CITY will tell Pep Guardiola to name his price this week after deciding time is up for Roberto Mancini.
The City boss is a dead man walking after his second disastrous Champions League campaign in a row.
His men face Manchester United in today’s big derby at the Etihad. But the club’s Abu Dhabi owners are already scheming to replace him.
They want former Barcelona boss Guardiola and are willing to meet any demands he may have to take the job next summer.
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain is expected to meet Guardiola’s agent, Jose Maria Orobigt, next week to discuss the job.
Guardiola is a wanted man, with Chelsea and French giants PSG also chasing his services once he finishes his one-year sabbatical.
PSG are understood to have approached him about replacing Carlo Ancelotti, with Chelsea desperate to get him on board for next season.
But City hope Guardiola’s friendship with Begiristain, which goes back to their playing days together, could help swing the deal – and they have been told to expect an answer next month.
Orobigt said: “I have had many meetings with clubs and there are more planned. Pep Guardiola has many offers but his choice is up to him.
“I think that in January, Pep could decide his future.”
Begiristain only recently joined City from his role as director of football at Barcelona, where he worked closely with Guardiola.
City will even ask Guardiola for a wish-list of players. They are trying to snatch wonder-kid Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona and have had enquiries about Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets rejected in recent weeks.
Those moves were all made with one eye on attracting Guardiola.