Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg will be parting ways with their manager Andre Villas-Boas this summer after the Portuguese announced that he would be leaving at the end of his contract.
Zenit are now on the lookout for a new boss and have found the perfect replacement in Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to Mirror.
City could end their association with the Chilean if they manage to secure Pep Guardiola for next season and that could ultimately hand the advantage to the Russian side.
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Guardiola has decided not to renew his contract with Bayern Munich but also had to apologise to fellow colleagues coaching in English top flight for destabilising them by revealing that he wants to come to the Premier League, as per ESPN.
After leading Zenit to league triumph last term, Villas-Boas has found life tough in 2015-16 and that has left them in sixth place, despite being the leading scorers of the Russian league.
Zenit face Portuguese giants Benfica next month in the Champions League knockout round clash and are desperate to finish their search for a new boss before Villas-Boas’ tenure ends.
City are strong contenders to win the Premier League and are also targeting European success this year to add to Pellegrini's league title and Capital One Cup victories over the last few years.
National team vacancy
Although the 62-year-old manager is one of the favourites to replace outgoing coach Jorge Sampaoli as the Chile national team head coach, Pellegrini has ruled himself out of the running but still wants to coach in Europe.
All deals hinges on the fate of City and only them appointing Guardiola at Etihad will improve the chances of Zenit luring Pellegrini to the Petrovsky Stadium in 2016-17.