Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will have to act quickly if they want to secure the services of Pep Guardiola as AC Milan intensify their efforts to land the former Barcelona coach, report the Daily Mail.
Guardiola’s future has been the subject of intense debate ever since he stepped down from Barcelona at the end of last season as the club’s most successful manager of all time.
The former Barcelona midfielder guided the Catalan club to three consecutive La Liga as well as two Champions League crowns, before stepping away from the game to take a year-long sabbatical.
Guardiola was reportedly courted by Chelsea over the summer before they appointed Roberto di Matteo on a two-year deal, while Manchester City have added two former Barcelona officals to their backroom staff which has prompted speculation the 41-year-old could be heading to the Etihad Stadium.
However according to the Daily Mail, AC Milan are about to up their efforts to get their man as current incumbent Massimo Allegri continues to struggle.
The Italian giants are currently in 13th place in Serie A having only won four games so far this term, and Allegri is under pressure to turn the club’s fortunes around sooner rather than later.
Jose Maria Orobitg, Guardiola’s agent, refused to rule out a switch to the San Siro, and it is widely believed that the in-demand boss will make a decision over his future in the new year.
“Pep will listen to offers and then he will evaluate them. But so far we haven't talked about Milan, which is also because Guardiola won't be coaching until next term. We will talk about his future again in June.
“I won't exclude anything, but when I say that everything is possible, then I'm also referring to Manchester City, Chelsea and other important clubs.”
Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly keen on seeing Guardiola replace him at Old Trafford, while both Chelsea and Manchester City remain possible destinations.