Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will analyse Manchester United's managerial situation before deciding whether to take the top job at Manchester City next summer.
This has been reported by the Manchester Evening News, who claim that the former Barcelona boss is interested in taking over at Old Trafford when he finally leaves the Bavarians behind.
Guardiola, of course, has been heavily linked with Manuel Pellegrini's job at the Etihad of late, with the same report claiming that he's the Citizens' No.1 target as they go about finding their next manager.
It appears, though, that Guardiola may not move to England's elite division until the summer of 2016, and could yet take over from Louis van Gaal, who will be entering the final year of his contract.
Things could change
The report goes on to reveal that Manchester United chiefs may well assess their options next summer as it's not everyday a world-class coach like Guardiola becomes available.
One thing's for sure, if United don't make their move for his services next summer, then they will leave the door open for Manchester City to pounce.
Ultimately, under Manuel Pellegrini this season, the Sky Blues have endured a tricky campaign, failing to prove their credentials in the title race against Jose Mourinho and Co. at Chelsea. Guardiola would no doubt prove a remarkable coup for either Manchester club, but it appears that this saga could go on for some time.
The pressure is on LVG
Van Gaal was always going to get a fairly easy ride in his first season at the Theatre of Dreams. The club's faithful certainly weren't demanding a trophy, but they were desperate to see their team return to the Champions League.
Ultimately, the Dutchman has succeeded in doing just that, with the Red Devils set to finish the season in fourth place in the Premier League.
Next season, though, things will be different; the United faithful will be desperate to see their side involved in the race for the title, while making a real go of things in the Capital One Cup, FA Cup and, of course, the Champions League.
If Van Gaal fails to deliver the goods next term, and Guardiola becomes available, then Ed Woodward and Co. will have a huge decision to make.
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