A FIFA agent has claimed that Pep Guardiola has signed a pre-agreement to become the next manager of Manchester City.

The future of the former Barcelona coach has been hotly debated in recent weeks, with a host of Premier League clubs in pursuit.

Chelsea have reportedly tried and failed twice with attempts to lure Guardiola away from his year-long sabbatical to take over at Stamford Bridge, once before Roberto di Matteo was appointed over the summer and once after the Italian was given the sack earlier this month.

Manchester United are also believed to want the former Barcelona midfielder to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he retires from the game, while Bayern Munich and AC Milan are courting him.

Despite recent reports claiming he would snub any interest from other clubs to take over at Old Trafford, FIFA agent Francois Gallardo has claimed he will take over from Roberto Mancini at the end of the season.

The presence of former Barcelona officials Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano at the Etihad Stadium has fuelled talk that Guardiola could take over at Manchester City despite Mancini recently agreeing a new long-term deal.

"Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City," Gallardo claimed on Spanish radio. "No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him."

He also claimed that Guardiola’s first act as Manchester City boss will be to snap up Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

"It will be an offer to stun your mind," he added. "If I were Barcelona, I would be very concerned."

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