From France: City Football Group to lose Guardiola’s ‘likely successor’ at Manchester City

The City Football Group are ‘making every effort’ to keep hold of New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira but appear to be losing the fight, with 41-year-old Vieira very close to taking over at Ligue 1 club Nice, according to reports in France.

Vieira could be announced as the new Nice boss on Thursday or Friday, Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport has revealed, which would come as a blow to the CFG and their plans.

The former Arsenal midfielder is seen as the ‘most likely successor’ to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, with his time in New York viewed as a way for him to gain experience within the CFG structure ahead of replacing Guardiola down the line.

According to RMC, Vieira has been told by City Football Group chiefs that he will “probably” replace Guardiola.

However, with an offer from a leading French club proposed to him, Vieira is said to have agreed terms with Nice and is in advanced talks over a move to the Côte d’Azur in his homeland.

Vieira and Mikel Arteta are viewed as strong candidates to succeed Pep Guardiola, and the CFG face losing both of them at the same time, although there are reports casting doubts on Arteta’s move to Arsenal today, with the recently departed PSG boss Unai Emery in London for talks with Gunners chiefs.

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