According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is ready to follow in Jurgen Klopp’s footsteps and move to the Premier League next season. And no, he does not want to manage West Ham in the Olympic Stadium.
Guardiola’s current contract at Bayern expires at the end of the season and with the German champions reportedly lining up Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement, the former Barcelona boss would be free to move to England next summer, with London his preferred destination.
That is bad news for Manchester City, who have been heavily linked with signing Guardiola as a replacement for Manuel Pellegrini.
Money could cause Pep to forgo the capital for Manchester, but the news that he wants to come to England and London will alert Chelsea and Arsenal.
Roman Abramovich has made no secret of his desire to bring Guardiola to Stamford Bridge and with Jose Mourinho’s job at Chelsea under pressure following a turbulent start to the season, another managerial change at Chelsea would not surprise anyone.
The dark horse in all of this could be Arsenal where Arsene Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the next season. Wenger and Guardiola share a common belief in how their teams should play, and the transition from Wenger to Guardiola would be the easiest to handle from a playing perspective.
The Arsenal boss has repeatedly said that he will not break his contract and the Gunners, and barring a complete shift in attitude, Arsenal will not sack their manager.
The question is whether Arsene Wenger would step into the front office a year early in order to sign the best manager in world football?
Where do you think Guardiola will be managing next season?