Pep Guardiola is fresh off of winning a domestic treble with Manchester City after the Spanish manager led the club to triumphs in the Carabao Cup, Premier League, and FA Cup.
However, shock waves were felt by Manchester City’s supporters as Italian media claimed Guardiola had “agreed” a deal with Serie A champions Juventus.
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The Bianconeri sacked manager Massimiliano Allegri at the weekend following the club’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta. Allegri won five straight Serie A Scudetti in charge of Juventus.
The manager paid the price for Juventus’ failure to win the Champions League despite adding Cristiano Ronaldo last offseason. Now, it looks like Juventus are eyeing up Guardiola as Allegri’s replacement.
Is Pep Guardiola headed to Juventus?
Claims of Guardiola to Juventus were made by Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli of Radio Sportiva.
Gennarelli took to Twitter posting Guardiola was to sign a four-year contract with Juventus and it was a “done deal” between the two parties.
While some Manchester City supporters may rubbish talks of Guardiola moving to Juventus, the manager met with executives from the Bianconeri, according to Spanish media.
Manchester City are facing a possible ban from the Champions League next season due to Financial Fair Play. UEFA is yet to give its verdict on possible punishment for the club, but speculation is a one-year Champions League ban could be handed down.
Guardiola’s current Manchester City contract will run until 2021. The Daily Express reports Manchester City want Guardiola to extend his deal further.
Will Manchester City be banned from the Champions League?
According to the Manchester Evening News, UEFA will have no difficulty punishing Manchester City for breaching FFP rules. UEFA want to make a statement to Europe’s biggest clubs, especially after being criticised for giving Paris Saint-Germain a slap on the wrist for their FFP irregularities last year.
Manchester City have been fined previously by UEFA for FFP infractions. That fine came in 2014.
The Cityzens have stated all allegations against them are false.
If Manchester City do receive a one-year ban from Champions League football, it could leave Guardiola with a difficult decision to make.
Although Gennarelli was vocal that Guardiola had agreed to join Juventus, there is currently no evidence he has. For now, it looks like Manchester City’s Guardiola-led dynasty will continue in England.