Pep Guardiola will target a job in the Premier League if he does not extend his Bayern Munich contract beyond the end of the current season, according to MailOnline.
The prospect of the world's most sought-after manager heading to England is exciting, but his apparent preference for a job in London makes this story very intriguing.
According to the report, Guardiola has told friends that he will look to take over a Premier League club in his next job and wants to move to the capital. Unfortunately, that leaves him with only two realistic options: Arsenal and Chelsea.
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That is bad news for Manchester City, who have long been accredited with an interest in hiring the former Barcelona manager. Their Abu Dhabi owners see him as the perfect successor to Manuel Pellegrini and are willing to dismiss the Chilean if Guardiola agrees to replace him.
Manchester United are also thought to be keeping a close eye on the Spaniard's movements. Louis van Gaal's position at Old Trafford looks secure, but there is still some doubt over the Dutchman's future beyond his current contract, which expires in 2017.
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Both Chelsea and Arsenal will have the upper-hand on their Premier League rivals simply because they are located in the desirable city of London, but there will be a major decision for both clubs to make if Guardiola does indeed become available next summer.
Arsene Wenger's current contract expires in 2017 and the longstanding Gunners boss is unlikely to leave unless he himself decides to step down. But, if it means sealing a top manager, stepping aside may become a serious option for a man who turned 66 years old on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho's position at Stamford Bridge is certainly less secure than Wenger's at the Emirates. The Special One has experienced a tough start to the season, but he did sign a four-year contract in the summer. Roman Abramovich, although unpredictable in the past, also seems to be championing long-term stability over short-term success.
But the thought of hiring Guardiola could set heads spinning in boardrooms across the Premier League. So desirable is the 44-year-old across world football, any chairman might be willing to do anything to get him to their respective club.
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