Bayern Munich are lining up Carlo Ancelotti as replacement for Pep Guardiola should the Spaniard decide to quit his post as manager at the Allianz Arena, according to The Sun.
Guardiola has previously voiced his desire to manage in the Premier League and, should he make such a move, Bayern have established Ancelotti as their plan A having already agreed virtually every detail concerning a potential deal.
The Italian has proven his qualities wherever he has been, managing at AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, and is considered the ideal replacement.
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Bayern would love to keep Guardiola at the helm, of course, but the ex-Barcelona manager has asked to be given until the end of the season to decide what his future holds, creating uncertainty for the German giants.
The Bavarians are set for yet another sensational season under Guardiola. They currently sit top of the Bundesliga on 40 points, having won 13 of their opening 14 games, and look set to challenge Barcelona for their European crown.
Bayern bosses, though, want a decision from Guardiola this month and should he not provide one, Ancelotti could be named his successor as early as January.
The club have faced a similar scenario before given that Guardiola's predecessor, Jupp Heynckes, refused to make a decision on his future until it was ultimately too late and his replacement was named.
Such news of Ancelotti potentially replacing Guardiola will come as music to the ears of several Premier League sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal both linked with the Spaniard in recent months.