Bayern Munich are lining up Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as potential replacements should current manager Pep Guardiola leave the Bavarian club.
Guardiola's contract expires at the end of next season and the Express reports that he could be on his way to Arsenal. The ex-Barcelona manager, who won six trophies in the first year in charge of the Catalans, has been linked with Arsenal in recent times, with Arsene Wenger linked to Monaco should he choose to move on.
And Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has urged to club appoint either Mourinho or Ancelotti should Guardiola choose to head for the Premier League.
He told Sport Bild: "Just like Jupp Heynckes and Louis van Gaal before him, Pep Guardiola is an alpha male as well.
"They are all coaches who had been successful abroad. There is no coach like them available in the Bundesliga.
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"There are only two coaches abroad who fit Bayern's profile: Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. These two should be right at the top of Bayern's shortlist if they are available in the summer of 2016."
The managerial merry-go-round looks unlikely however, with the possibility of Wenger moving to a different club after such a long period at the Gunners relatively small. Guardiola has only been in the Munich job since the start of the 2013 season and will want to add a third European Cup to his CV before he considers a new project.
The German champions could not choose a more different personality to their current manager if they were to approach Mourinho. The Chelsea manager has clashed with Guardiola ever since the ex-Barcelona midfielder took the reigns of the first team back in 2009.
Ancelotti has a proven track record across Europe. He won the Champions League twice with AC Milan, putting him on the same level as both Mourinho and Guardiola, and league titles in Italy, France and England with Chelsea in 2010.
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