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CONTENDERS FOR CITY JOBMANUEL PELLEGRINI: The overwhelming and odds-on favourite to succeed Mancini. The Chilean had been rumoured to be a City target several times before the latest speculation began. The 59-year-old has denied a deal in place but he is leaving Malaga at the end of the season and appears to fit the profile the club want.

JOSE MOURINHO: Mancini's departure could give City the chance to hijack what is thought to be Mourinho's return to Chelsea from Real Madrid. But even though the Portuguese has been touted as a City candidate in the past, it is thought his penchant for inflammatory comments is off-putting.

JURGEN KLOPP: The Borussia Dortmund coach has made a big impression in the past three seasons and is likely to receive offers from around Europe. He has stated his commitment to the German club but the loss of key players from his impressive squad to rivals could also push him towards the exit.

RAFAEL BENITEZ: An experienced option who knows the Premier League well and who will be available as his deal as Chelsea interim manager comes to an end at the end of the season. City may also have the ideal opportunity to talk to him as they meet Chelsea in two friendlies in the United States next week.

CARLO ANCELOTTI: With rumours circling about his future at Paris Saint-Germain, vastly-experienced Ancelotti could be another former Chelsea manager on the move this summer.