Manuel Pellegrini's two year spell as manager at Manchester City have been a mixed bag. Title win in the first season in-charge has been followed by an underwhelming campaign.
A poor second season has seen City surrender the title to Chelsea and exit the Champions League at the knockout stages. Serious questions are being raised at the Chilean coach's capability to take the club to the next level that their Middle Eastern owners aspire for.
Although City were restricted by the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations this season, the transfer activity in the last couple of seasons has been confusing to say the least.
Last season Stevan Jovetic Alvaro Negredo were bought to add to Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in the forward department. While Negredo has been sent on loan, Jovetic has failed to justify his price tag and seems to be on the way out.
In order to challenge Chelsea's title tilt, City invested in Swansea's hitman Wilfried Bony in the January transfer window. Bony has missed most of the second half of the season due to injury or due to commitments with his national side defeating the purpose of his inflated transfer.
The signings of Fernando and Fernandinho are all the more puzzling as their utility is still not evident. City have lost the midfield battle against top teams, domestic and continental alike, leading to discontent amongst the fans.
The poor handling of James Milner's contract situation may see him leave for free. Frank Lampard's signing seems the only astute deal Pellegrini has overseen during his tenure thus far.
Pellegrini has also failed in plugging opposition goals by failing to find a suitable centre-back to accompany Vincent Kompany. Eliaquim Mangala has failed to settle and Martin Demichellis seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Pep Guardiola has been lauded for his tactical nuances and has performed admirably in the transfer market as well. The former Barcelona manager has won everything while at the helm at the Nou Camp and has done exceedingly well at Bayern Munich.
Manchester City would do well to sign Guardiola, who could lead them to giddy heights of European glory.
The Citizens boast a fantastic squad and have the financial means to virtually afford any player in the world. What they lack perhaps is a leading figure who could transform them into European giants. Guardiola checks the box.
If recent speculation is indeed correct, City fans can start dreaming of world domination.
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