Valencia manager Ernesto Valverde is on the shortlist to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, according to reports.

The Daily Mail cite reports in The Sunday Times when claiming that Manchester City are considering offering the 49-year-old Mancini’s position – if the Italian leaves at the end of the season.

Pep Guardiola was the club’s number one target, according to the report, but the Spaniard is no longer available after agreeing to join Bayern Munich at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Malaga boss Manuel Pelligrini has also been linked with the position, but the paper claims he is likely to turn down any approach from the Citizens.

Mancini took charge of Manchester City in the summer of 2009, and guided the club to FA Cup success in 2011. 

The Premier League followed the next year, but with local rivals Manchester United running away with the title this season, Mancini finds himself under pressure.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are considering their options, according to the report, and ‘have a history’ of making shock appointments. The appointment of Valverde would certainly rank amongst their biggest gambles.

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