Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is keen on taking over at Chelsea when he returns from his year-long sabbatical, according to the Daily Mail.
Guardiola stepped down from his role at the Nou Camp at the end of last season as the most successful manager in Barcelona’s history having won three consecutive league titles and two Champions League crowns.
The Spaniard was reportedly approached by Chelsea over the summer before they eventually appointed Roberto di Matteo on a permanent basis, three weeks after the Italian had guided Chelsea to European glory against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has spent big this summer in the hope of changing the west London club’s style of play, and has bought the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses and Marko Marin at a combined cost of around £70 million.
The new arrivals have had an immediate affect, helping the Blues roar to the top of the table before defeat against Manchester United last week and a 2-2 draw against Swansea on Saturday.
Chelsea now sit in 2nd place in the Premier League, just one point behind league leaders United with ten games gone.
Now according to the Daily Mail, Guardiola has been impressed with what he has seen at Stamford Bridge so far this season and is keen on heading to west London when his year-long sabbatical in New York comes to an end.
Guardiola has been linked with taking over numerous clubs since he departed from Barcelona, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly preferring the 41-year-old to take over from him when he steps down at Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City have also been linked with the former Barcelona midfielder, but Chelsea appear to be in the best position to get their man given that they only handed Di Matteo a two year deal over the summer.
Chelsea will look to get the defence of the Champions League crown they won in May back on track this week when they go up against Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, having succumbed to defeat against the Ukrainian side two week ago.