Pep Guardiola is ready to snub advances from some of the biggest clubs in Europe and make taking over at Arsenal his priority, according to Goal.com.
The former Barcelona coach has been linked with taking over the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and AC Milan in recent months – although the man himself insists he won’t come back to the game until the end of the current season.
Guardiola stepped down at the end of last season as the most successful manager in Barcelona’s history having claimed three consecutive league titles and two Champions League crowns.
However they may be doomed in their attempts to install him as the club’s next permanent boss after it was claimed Guardiola had made it is priority to take over at Arsenal in 2013.
Current boss Arsene Wenger is under fire after a slow start to the season was compounded by their exit from the League Cup quarter-finals at the hands of Bradford last night.
Wenger has ben at the helm at Arsenal for 16 years, but the calls for him to leave have been growing in recent years as the Gunners have failed to compete at the top of the table or end their seven year trophy drought.
According to Goal.com, Guardiola has been put off by the instability at Chelsea caused by owner Roman Abramovich, and is eyeing a move to north London.
The site quote a source as saying: “Guardiola’s preference in England is Arsenal. The club are aware he would be interested in the job in 2013.”
“Guardiola doesn’t want to go to Chelsea. He is worried about the lack of stability. He also has a good relationship with Wenger dating back to when he started doing his coaching badges at Arsenal.
Wenger’s current deal with Arsenal expires in 2014, and the Frenchman recently said he will not discuss extending his current deal until the end of the season.