Manchester City have set their sights on Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as the man they want to replace Manuel Pellegrini, according to reports.
In a week where Atletico Madrid tied Diego Simeone to a new deal, City remain intent on finding a new coach in the Spanish capital and have turned their attention to the under pressure Real boss. According to the Daily Mirror, City have already been in contact with the 55-year-old and put an offer on the table.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is thought to had have been the first choice to take over when Pellegrini eventually leaves, but he's repeatedly spoke of his commitment to the German champions, leaving City to look elsewhere.
With Guardiola out the question, Simeone's excellent work at Atletico had seemingly made him the number one target. However, the Argentine, like Guardiola, has ruled himself out of the running by signing a new deal with the side he lead to a first La Liga title in 18 years last season.
Pellegrini's future has come under consideration, what with the club currently six points behind league leaders Chelsea and out of the Champions League, and it's thought a trophyless campaign will be enough to end the Chilean's two-year reign.
Having claimed a Premier League and League Cup double in his debut season, Pellegrini would have been expected to retain the title and push the club further in Europe after last season's exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League.
However, things have not gone to plan and the Premier League champions look like they'll need a miracle if they are to overhaul Jose Mourinho's men at the top of the table. Efforts in Europe have not been much better and City were again dumped out by Barcelona at the first knock-out stage, prompting the club's hierarchy to consider replacing Pellegrini.
Ancelotti himself is a man under pressure at Real Madrid, and it's thought his side would be happy to see him go if he fails to win at least one of La Liga or the Champions League. A 2-1 weekend defeat to Barca leaves Real four points adrift in the league, while a quarter-final tie with city rivals Atletico will be a stern test.
However, despite growing concern at Real, the City hierarchy have great respect for Ancelotti and his sterling pedigree. The Italian lifted the Champions League twice during his time at AC Milan and masterminded Real's victorious campaign last year to clinch a long-awaited 'La Decima'.
Ancelotti has also proved his worth in England, claiming a Premier League and FA Cup double in the first of two seasons spent with Chelsea.
What made that debut season in England even more impressive was the manor in which his side claimed the title, the Blues scored five or more goals in a league game on six occasions, notching an incredible 103 goals from 38 games.