Manchester City could make a move for Rafael Benitez in the summer if they choose to part ways with current boss Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Daily Express.
The Citizens are falling behind in the Premier League title race and face elimination from the Champions League as they face FC Barcelona in Spain on Wednesday.
After losing 2-1 to Barca at the Etihad in the Champions League last-16, City's trophy hopes this season were further dented in the league after losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield and then losing 1-0 away at strugglers Burnley.
The latest loss sees Pellegrini's men stay five-points behind current league-leaders Chelsea, who have two games in hand, and surprisingly, they are only one point above third-placed Arsenal.
It's been a season to forget for Pellegrini and City as they face being trophyless and losing their Premier League title to Chelsea, and it could be a failure that sees the Chilean lose his job over the summer.
According to reports, City's owners are already in discussions about the future and are considering sacking Pellegrini after a below-par campaign.
If City do choose to part ways with the Chilean, they will turn to former-Chelsea and Liverpool boss, Rafael Benitez, who is set to leave Napoli at the end of this season.
Despite winning the Coppa Italia for the Serie A giants, it's expected that Benitez will leave at the end of the season once his contract expires, and despite some reports suggesting he could take over from Filippo Inzaghi at AC Milan, it's thought that a return to England could be on the cards.
When asked about his future earlier this week, Benitez said: “Today I’m in Naples and I’m concentrated on Napoli.
“But in the future I can’t predict what will happen. In the past I’ve coached in Spain, England and Italy.
"I think Ligue 1 is full of good players, who are very fast and well coached in a technical sense.
"However, the mastery of tactics is less developed than in Serie A, and the tempo is slower than the Premier League.
“I’d have no problem embracing a new adventure in a new league. There’d have to be the right offer, at the right time, with the right team.”
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