Guardiola has been confirmed to Manchester City

Guardiola has been confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini's replacement at the Etihad but will he bring any of his former or current players to the Premier League?

01.02.2016 18:05:32

The worst kept secret in football has been confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini announced he is to step down from his role in charge of Manchester City at the end of the season. The Chilean will be replaced by current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, a significant coup for the Manchester club and one which they hope will propel them from regular Premier League frontrunners to a dominant force in Europe, a status that has eluded them under current and former management despite significant investment in the squad and infrastructure. William Hill make City 6/4 (2.50) to win the Premier League in Guardiola's first season in charge while it's 10/1 (11.0) that the 45-year-old Spaniard leads his new side to a maiden Champions League victory. Naturally there have been links with some big-name players as a result of this announcement and the bookmaker offer 7/2 (4.50) that Lionel Messi signs for Manchester City before the end of the summer transfer window. The 2015 Ballon d'Or winner was part of the dominant Barcelona squad that won 14 major trophies during Guardiola's four years in charge at Camp Nou. Other players quoted include former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique (4/1) and Javier Mascherano who is also available to back at 4/1 (5.0). Thomas Muller is 11/4 (3.75) to swap the Bundesliga champions and follow his current manager to the Etihad Stadium, while Manuel Neuer is priced at 11/2 (6.50) make the switch this summer. Thiago Alcantara has played for Guardiola at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich and William Hill offer 5/2 (3.50) that the Spanish international completes a hat-trick of moves by becoming a City player before September 1st.  

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