The report emanated from Qatari-owned sports media giant Bein Sports, who claimed that the former Barcelona manager has agreed to join City in time for the 2015-16 season.
A tweet on their company’s Arabic language account quoted by the Manchester Evening News, and subsequently repeated by Bein’s French arm, read: “Urgent – sources beIN SPORTS: Manchester City reached a tentative agreement with Bayern Munich coach Guardiola to train the team for next season.”
BIG NAME BROADCASTERS SPLIT OVER TRUTH OF STORY
Former Sky football anchor Richard Keys, who now works extensively in the Middle East, claimed that the story is “true”.
But high-profile Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague poured cold water over the talk, calling it “pure imagination and fiction”.