Chelsea and Arsenal have been put on alert as former-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola wants his next job in management to be in the Premier League, and London is reportedly his first-choice destination.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Guardiola is keen to manage in England, but Manchester United and Manchester City could be disappointed to learn the Spaniard favours London.

That puts Chelsea in pole position to snare one of the most highly-regarded young managers in world football.

While Manchester United may have potentially ear-marked Guardiola as a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, to two are thought to have met in New York this summer, the Scot’s desire to continue in the Old Trafford hot-seat for the next “two to three years” probably excludes United.

Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is unlikely to leave the Gunners, and even after a particularly stormy AGM meeting last week, most of the Arsenal fans’ frustration is aimed at the board rather than the manager.

Manchester City may have explored the possibility of hiring Guardiola, with current manager Roberto Mancini under constant scrunity, but it looks like west London-based Chelsea are now the favourites to get Guardiola.

“Pep wants to manage in London and he is looking for the right project,” said a source familiar with Guardiola’s situation.

The Telegraph reports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a long-standing admirer of the former-Barcelona manager, and explored the possibility of bringing Guardiola to Stamford Bridge following the departures of Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas.

The fomer Nou Camp supremo is currently on a year-long sabbatical from football in New York, but when he returns, Chelsea will almost certainly make a move for Guardiola.

But the report also suggests Guardiola’s agents have, through third parties, also spoken to Arsenal over the possibility of a potential opening at the Emirates Stadium in the future.

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