Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is widely believed to be on the verge of leaving the club next season and a Champions League playing Russian club are reportedly keen on signing him.
Pep Guardiola is all but certain to take over at Manchester City next season, after he confirmed that he would be leaving Bayern Munich. He has a good rapport with key staff members at City who he had previously worked with in Barcelona and this seems to have tilted the balance in the clubs favor in the race to sign the Spaniard.
This leaves present City manager Manuel Pellegrini out in the cold, but he might trade the cold of unemployment for the frosty weather of Russia, according to The Mirror.
Zenit want another Premier League manager
Andre Villas-Boas, the current manager of Zenit, lead them to the league title last season. However, he has had a fallout with the club officials and announced his intentions to leave the club at the end of the season.Villas-Boas had the experience of coaching at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, before coming to St Petersburg.
Manuel Pellegrini, although he is being treated as an afterthought these days, managed clubs like Villareal and Malaga very successfully, as well as being the man in charge at big clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City, where he won the Premier League and Capital One Cup.
Zenit have evolved into one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe these days, with their team boasting of highly rated players like Hulk and Alex Witsel. They bulldozed their way into the last 16 of the Champions League this season and are set to face Portugese club Benfica in the round of 16.
A manager like Manuel Pellegrini, who is looking for one last notable stint at a club before taking over the reigns of his national team Chile, could be the one to take Zenit to the next level. The 62-year-old Chilean may have the experience and guile to make the Russian side a force to reckon with in the near future.