The report emanates via Qatari-owned sports media giant Bein Sports, who claim that the former Barcelona manager has agreed to join City in time for the 2015-16 season.
A tweet on their company’s Arabic language account quoted by the Manchester Evening Newsreportedly read: “Urgent – sources beIN SPORTS: Manchester City reached a tentative agreement with Bayern Munich coach Guardiola to train the team for next season.”
Former Sky football anchor Richard Keys, who now works extensively in the Middle East, claimed that the story is “true”.
The news, if true, seems almost unthinkable since Pep Guardiola has repeatedly insisted that he will work until next summer when his contract ends in Munich.
Can these reports be believed? Bein Sports is a huge player in the global sports market, and it is tempting to believe that the company’s roots in the Middle East provide them with an inside line on what might be happening.
Equally, it’s hard to credit such a huge story being leaked, particularly given that City’s money comes from Abu Dhabi rather than Qatar. Furthermore, the report emerges a suspicious few days before Bayern’s critical Champions League semi-final second leg against Qatar-sponsored Barcelona.