Manchester City are already keeping tabs on the progress of one particular name to potentially replace Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2025, claims a new report.
The Etihad club announced on Wednesday morning that their 51 year-old head coach had put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with the club.
That brings an end an element of concern and uncertainty amongst the Manchester City fanbase, with Guardiola previously into the final few months of his contract with the Premier League giants.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss' new deal will take him through to the summer of 2025, and would ensure that he completes a staggering nine-year period with Manchester City.
However, there is already talk in some quarters of a decade of dominance being targeted by Etihad officials, and so a further extension at that point cannot be ruled out.
Nevertheless, as is usually the case given the meticulous long-term strategies in place at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City officials are already targeting potential replacements for their most successful manager.
One name could be much closer to home, and a name that they know all too well.
According to the information of Alfredo Martínez, writing for Spanish newspaper Sport, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is aware that he is being looked at by Manchester City to replace Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2025.
Unsurprisingly given the strong results being produced by the Gunners over the past few months, the reigning Premier League champions are not alone in showing their admiration for the Spanish coach.
As translated and relayed by Sport Witness, the report also reveals that Barcelona are in the mix in terms of monitoring the future of Arteta.
However, given the project that is currently underway at the Emirates Stadium, it is reminded that Mikel Arteta ‘does not want to rush and goes very calmly’ when deciding his future.
While the 40 year-old's contract at Arsenal currently expires in the same summer as Pep Guardiola, Sport report that Emirates officials are ‘already pressing’ their manager to sign a new deal to commit to a longer-term project.
Manchester City fans will fondly remember that Mikel Arteta has coaching history with the club.
The Spaniard was assistant manager to Pep Guardiola during his early days in the English game, and was called to lead the first-team squad on occassions when his Catalan counterpart was unavailable.
Arteta is highly-thought of within Manchester City from his time at the club alone, and one would think that following his rise with Arsenal, that those compliments for the tactician will only have grown.
Other names also understood to be considered in high-regard by Manchester City officials include Bayern Munich's Julian Nagelsmann, and Spain international coach Luis Enrique.
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