Rodgers had reportedly emerged as Newcastle’s primary target with the new mega-rich owners ready to part company with current manager Steve Bruce, after the club was taken over last Thursday.
Newcastle became the richest club in the world, and the new owners are expected to look for a different manager to match the high ambitions that they share and oversee the rebuild.
However, Rodgers may not be their man as City look to get one over their new wealthy rivals.
According to the Daily Mail, Rodgers will knock back any approach from Newcastle as he is reportedly being lined up to replace Guardiola as City manager in 18 months time, as the Spaniard’s contract expires in the summer of 2023.
Sky Italy reported on Wednesday morning that Newcastle were ready to pay a £14million fee to Leicester to buy Rodgers out of his contract at the King Power, as the new owners believe that the Northern Irishman is the right man for the job.
However, this was quickly thrown into doubt after The Telegraph reported that Rodgers had no interest in joining Newcastle, insisting that he was fully committed to Leicester.
Rodgers may be committed to Leicester for the time being, but there’s a possibility that the Leicester boss is holding out for the potential City vacancy that could be opening up in the summer of 2023.
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It is believed that Guardiola will indeed leave the Etihad when his contract expires in the summer of 2023, meaning that the club will already be hunting down the perfect replacement for City’s most successful ever manager.
Rodgers is a man in demand, with Arsenal previously showing interest and now Newcastle are the latest side to join Manchester City in expressing a desire in the current Leicester boss.
The Northern Irish manager has already enjoyed an impressive career in the dugout, which started as he previously worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Rodgers made a name for himself at Swansea as he led the club to Premier League promotion via the play-offs in 2011, and they impressed in the top-flight despite being favourites for relegation that year.
His fantastic work at Swansea helped land him the Liverpool job in 2012, and he almost led the Reds to their first ever Premier League title during the 2013/14 season, but they agonisingly missed out towards the back end of the season.
Rodgers handed Leicester their first ever FA Cup success last season with a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the final, and they won the Community Shield before the start of the current campaign as a late Kelechi Iheanacho penalty denied City another trophy.