After losing their Premier League crown to local rivals Manchester United last term, the Citizens axed Roberto Mancini, despite his relatively successful time at the Etihad Stadium.
Pellegrini was immediately linked with the role, and left Malaga after an impressive 2012/13 campaign.
The 59-year-old recently confirmed that talks between himself and City were underway, hinting that a deal is all but a formality.
City’s Middle Eastern owners are thought to see the ex-Real Madrid chief as the ideal man to help them regain their English crown and compete in Europe, something they failed to do under Mancini.
Malaga made it to the quarter-final stage of last season’s Champions League, where they were knocked out by eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Pellegrini is thought to have already had an influence on the club’s summer spending, with Sevilla winger Jesus Navas close to agreeing a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Malaga playmaker Isco is another man that has been heavily linked with a move to City, who are hopeful that Pellegrini’s presence may put them ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Real in the race for his signature.
Roberto Mancini claimed an FA Cup and the Premier League title at Manchester City. Will Manuel Pellegrini be able to better that record?
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