City seeking Manuel drive

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Manuel Pellegrini AssociatedManuel Pellegrini's Malaga have performed admirably this season despite off-field turmoil

There could be a change in manager at Manchester City come the summer, and reports in Chile - well, on website 24horas.cl - have suggested that Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has a verbal agreement to take charge at Eastlands in the summer. Odds on betting sites have tumbled. The Independent says City are indeed preparing to dismiss Roberto Mancini - perhaps after a money-spinning end-of-season tour - and also cites the Pellegrini rumours.

However, the Pellegrini reports are at odds with a claim in the Sunday Times at the weekend that the Chilean "informed City that he had already committed himself to a club for next season". The Daily Mail also reports on Friday morning that City sources are dismissing the Pellegrini talk as "wild speculation", so who knows?

Also, the rumours surrounding the exit of City striker Edin Dzeko have intensified, with the Daily Mail suggesting the Bosnian is one of four players who will be given their marching orders in the summer. Maicon, Joleon Lescott and Scott Sinclair are also expected to depart the Etihad Stadium as part of City's clear-out, potentially making way for Napoli's Edinson Cavani, who has been heavily linked with the club this season.

On the other side of town now, David de Gea is once again being linked with Real Madrid - the Daily Mirror reports that the Spanish giants are likely to make a move for the Manchester United goalkeeper in the summer. The 22-year-old is being touted as a long-term replacement for Real's current No. 1 Iker Casillas, who has had his share of problems this season after being dropped by Jose Mourinho and then suffering injury. De Gea could be at the Bernabeu as early as next season, whether or not Mourinho is still in his post.

Paolo Di Canio just can't take a hint. Three days after quitting as Swindon boss and being taken off the books at the County Ground, the Italian has broken into his former club and taken photos from the walls, The Sun reports. A club insider said: "Even by Paolo's standards this was a crazy thing to do. Thee cameras picked out Paolo and three members of his staff sneaking into the ground at 12.45am on Thursday. They took everything from the office, including the photos from the wall. The door was protected by a pin code but Paolo had access from when he was manager. The codes have now been changed. If he wanted to come and collect his belongings he should have asked."

Arsenal's summer rebuild could include the purchase of a new right-back, with Bacary Sagna tipped to be the next big-name departure from the club, the Mirror writes. It is believed Arsene Wenger wants to continue an overhaul of his side and Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat could be Sagna's replacement.

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