Last Updated: Tue, 07 May 2013 09:22
Manchester City are understood to be "very close" to closing a deal with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini.
Spanish newspaper AS claims that negotiations between Txiki Begiristain and Pellegrini's agent have progressed over the past week to the point where City's director of football expects the Chilean coach to agree to the proposal in the next few days.
However, the claims are not backed up by any salary figures - which would usually be the case if the source of the story was on the inside of the negotiations.
Pellegrini appears to be City's first choice to replace Mancini and Begiristain is also believed to be keen to make it a double deal with Malaga by getting Spanish international playmaker Isco to come to Manchester too.
Malaga are also reported to be on the look-out for a new coach to replace the 59-year-old ex-Villarreal and Real Madrid boss, who was unlucky to lose his job at the Bernabeu after only one season in charge.
Pellegrini's side achieved 96 points in La Liga - the highest points total that Real Madrid has achieved in a season, but they still finished three points behind Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in 2010.
Real Madrid's directors then announced that Pellegrini was being sacked by the club, to be replaced by Jose Mourinho, but that they would have kept him if the opportunity to hire Mourinho had not arisen.
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