Pep Guardiola is ready to turn down an offer to become Chelsea's next full-time boss in the hope of landing the managerial role at Manchester United once Sir Alex Ferguson steps down, according to the Sun.
Chelsea tried unsuccessfully to land the former Barcelona boss in the summer before appointing Roberto di Matteo, and failed once again after letting the Italian go this week, with former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez stepping into the breach on a temporary basis.
The Stamford Bridge club are believed to be ready to make another approach for Guardiola at the end of the season - but could now miss out to title rivals Manchester United.
Guardiola is currently taking a year break from football having stepped down from Barcelona at the end of last season as the most successful manager in the club's history.
However according to the Sun, Guardiola is willing to bide his time and turn down any further approaches from Chelsea in order to take over the hot seat at Old Trafford.
The paper quotes a source close to the former Barca boss as saying: "The whole history of Manchester United, his relationship with Sir Alex and the way the club is run appeals to Pep.
“Right now I’d be astonished if he went to Chelsea. He really wants to wait for the United job even if it means extending his time out of the game.”
Sir Alex Ferguson hinted this week that he may be willing to step down as Manchester United boss next year - which would be his 27th in charge at Old Trafford - opening up the possibility of Guardiola taking over the reigns from the Scot.
Reports elsewhere today also suggest Guardiola has been further put off taking over at Chelsea because of owner Roman Abramovich's itchy trigger finger, which has seen him sack eight managers since he took over the club in 2003.