Outgoing Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Manchester City is among a number of "very good options" as he considers his managerial future.
Pellegrini has been heavily backed to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, although there has also been interest from Roma, Napoli and PSG.
The Chilean coach revealed he is leaving Malaga to "fulfil his sporting ambitions" and, although he has previously refused to hint at his next destination, Pellegrini admitted he is in talks with City.
"I am fortunate to have some very good options and Manchester City is one of them," Pellegrini said.
Malaga's 3-1 win over Deportiva la Coruna on Sunday was Pellegrini's final match in charge at La Rosaleda and the 59-year-old believes he is leaving the club in good shape.
"You cannot ask for a better farewell," he added. "I wanted to leave here winning, and that's what I've done. I leave here with the team in Europe for the second successive season. I'm going to remember this for a long time.
"Our goal was to be in Europe because this club deserves it. It's been a historic two and a half years here. There have been days that I will never forget."
Pellegrini's style of play and man management are expected to make him more valuable than Mancini and Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano admits the club's next manager must follow a strict criteria.
"I think the boxes are right. You know what we want," he said. "The analysis of the candidates goes beyond the results that we can see. Age is not relevant at this point, but with the kind of squad we have, we want a senior manager.
"We want a manager who knows about football but we want somebody who knows about man management and this is something we are convinced about - myself, the board, the owner - that it is impossible for us to win, win the Champions League, if we don't have a group that behaves like a family."