Chelsea will face serious competition in their attempts to land Pep Guardiola this summer as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to make a move for the former Barcelona coach, according to the Mirror.
Chelsea targeted the Spanish boss again following the sacking of Roberto di Matteo last month but failed to persuade him to end his year-long sabbatical from the game.
Rafa Benitez was then hired on a temporary basis but the former Liverpool coach has failed to win any of his first three games in charge, prompting speculation over his future.
Chelsea's recent poor form has reportedly intensified Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s desire to get Guardiola when he returns to football in the summer – but he faces a battle to get his man now that PSG are ready to enter the race for his services.
According to the Mirror, the Qatari-backed Ligue 1 side are willing to more than match any financial package Chelsea put together in order to land Guardiola, who has been linked with taking over at Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
PSG appear to be on the verge of sacking current boss Carlo Ancelotti, who was the last Chelsea manager to win the title for the Stamford Bridge club, after a poor run of recent results.
The Mirror claims that PSG have made contact with Guardiola’s representatives over a summer move, and the 41-year-old is said to be keen to learn more about the ‘project’ on offer in Paris.
One potential factor in Guardiola’s decision could be the Qatari connection – the former Barcelona midfielder endorsed the Gulf state’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup, while Barcelona are sponsored by the Qatar Foundation.