Manchester City are considering Swansea boss Michael Laudrup as a potential successor to Roberto Mancini, Goal.com understands.
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And, with Mancini's position expected to come under immediate consideration should City fail to beat Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday, Laudrup could be targeted to replace him.
The Dane has led the Swans to ninth place in the Premier League this season and their first-ever domestic cup final appearance - with the south Wales outfit set to take on Bradford in the Capital One Cup showpiece next Sunday.
Those impressive feats, and Laudrup's close relationship with Txiki Begiristain - his former Barcelona team-mate and City's director of football - are believed to have strengthened his chances of being appointed.
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His impressive recruitment strategy, which saw the likes of Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman arrive at the Liberty Stadium last summer, is thought to have also aroused City's interest.