Pep Guardiola who signed a three-year deal when he moved to England last year after his stint at Bayern Munich is set to hold talks with senior officials at the club, over extending his stay at the Etihad.
Guardiola is currently on £15m-a-year but can expect to see the figure rise to as much as £20m — almost £400,000 a week — under the terms of the new deal, which will cement his status as the highest-paid boss in the sport.
City’s hierarchy are impressed with Guardiola’s work, which has seen the team currently on a record-breaking 16-game winning run has included 56 goals and eight clean sheets.
Guardiola spent four years as Barca boss and, after a 12-month sabbatical, three with Bayern, but City are convinced he will spend longer with them because he is so happy with their set-up.
Chairman Khaldoun Al Mubarak and CEO Ferran Sorriano traditionally hold an end-of-season review into all workings at City and top of next May’s agenda is convincing the Spaniard to sign a new deal.
Guardiola became the highest-earning manager in football earlier this season following Chelsea’s dismissal of his nemesis Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho earned over £13m from his salary and various endorsements, slightly more than what Guardiola makes at Bayern Munich.
British media report the Premier League leaders are confident everything is in place to persuade him to remain and establish a dynasty to rival that of Sir Alex Ferguson’s at Manchester United.
But in order to secure the manager who has won 16 major trophies in just six full seasons as a manager, City are prepared to boost Guardiola’s pay in order to bring him to the Etihad.
The top highest earning manager in football
|Manager||Club||Salary + endorsements|
|Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||£15m +|
|Louis van Gaal||Manchester United||£7.3m|
|Andre Villas-Boas||Zenit Saint-Petersburg||£6.3m|
|Sven-Goran Eriksson||Shanghai SIPG||£5.9m|
|Laurent Blanc||Paris Saint-Germain||£5.1m|