Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a shock candidate to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, should Manchester City opt to get rid of the Italian during the summer.
According to The People, Rodgers is in the frame to become the next manager of Manchester City having initially been identified as a possible future boss of the FA Cup finalists during his time at Swansea.
Rodgers was outlined as successor to Mancini last season before Manchester City's dramatic late season turnaround secured the Premier League title in the dying seconds of the closing day of the campaign.
Manchester City's title triumph earned Mancini a new five-year contract from the club's hierarchy but, having failed in both the Premier League and Champions League this term, the 48-year-old could be chopped in the summer - even if the Blues win the FA Cup.
Rodgers is reported to have been identified as City's top target, despite the Northern Irishman being just one-year into his contract with Liverpool, and last year's champions would have no issue in paying a sizeable compensation fee to secure his signature.
City, it is claimed, believe Rodgers fulfils the criteria they are looking for in their next manager, and have been impressed with the 40-year-old's efforts to blood younger players, his dealings with the press, and performances with Liverpool in Europe.
The face that Rodgers is fluent in both English and Spanish is also reported to be a significant attraction for Manchester City, although Liverpool are unlikely to consider losing a manager they rate very highly.
Rodgers has won 23 of his 51 games in charge of Liverpool and, although the Reds may only be sixth in the Premier League, are well-placed to build on the foundations laid during his maiden season at Anfield.