Arsenal and Manchester City will both compete for the services of Pep Guardiola, along with the Qatari national setup, in 2016, when the Spaniard’s current deal at Bayern Munich runs out.
According to Spanish paper Sport, taking information from German publication Sport Bild, Guardiola will assess his options for the future before his contract at the Allianz Arena runs out, and that could mean that some of Europe’s biggest clubs will fight for his coveted signature.
Fight for Guardiola
Two of those said to be ready to do so are Arsenal and City, though they will have to fight with Qatar in order to land him. It’s said that the World Cup 2022 hosts are keen to make Guardiola their main man in the dugout for the all-important tournament - for which they automatically qualify as hosts - as they feel he’s the perfect candidate to give best equip them.
With Qatar sitting 92nd in the FIFA World Rankings - that’s behind the likes of Benin and El Salvador - hopes of landing perhaps the most sought-after manager in world football shouldn’t be all that high, but with a lucrative contract and the chance to move into the international scene with a job that would have very little pressure, Guardiola may be tempted.
Of course a scenario that would see him assume charge six years before the 2022 World Cup is so unfeasible it doesn’t bear thinking about, but that doesn’t mean Qatar won’t try. What’s more likely is that he’ll continue at club level for a few more years before possibly taking them up on their offer closer to the time.
Premier League interest
If he does then both Arsenal and City are said - once again via Sport - to be interested in acquiring him. With Manuel Pellegrini currently struggling in his duties with regards to making City a dominant force in Europe, the Etihad Stadium seat could well be vacant by the time Guardiola comes onto the market.
They have both the money to help him land his targets and a domestic status comparable to Barcelona and Bayern, but much will depend on how their Champions League adventure ends this year.
Meanwhile there’s Arsenal, who have the arduous task of finding a long-term replacement to Arsene Wenger. In Guardiola they have the ideal candidate, but it’s open to interpretation as to whether he’ll see it the same way.