Transfer deadline day is in full swing, and Manchester City have announced one of the biggest possible transfers on the planet, by confirming that Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola will become their manager next season.
Guardiola had already announced his plans to leave the German giants at the end of the season, and has now announced the destination of his next club. Manchester City were always the favourites, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal had all been linked with trying to tempt the Spaniard to their top jobs.
Manchester City confirmed the appointment in a statement this lunchtime.
Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.
The contract is for 3 years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.
Time will tell to see if this mid season announcement will affect Manchester City’s bid for this seasons Premier League title