Milan ready to battle United for Guardiola

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AC Milan have thrown their hat into the ring for the services of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Guardiola stepped down as Barcelona’s most successful coach of all time after a glittering four-year spell at the Nou Camp, during which he claimes three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey wins and two Champions League crowns.

The 41-year-old stepped down from the job at the end of last season citing exhaustion and is currently taking a year-long sabbatical in America - however that has not stopped intense speculation over his future.

Previous reports have suggested that Manchester United want Pep Guardiola to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot finally decides to call it a day, while Bayern Munich have also been linked with making a move for the former Barca midfielder as a replacement for current boss Jupp Heynckes.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently refused to speak out about his retirement following Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat against Tottenham on Saturday, while another potential successor, Jose Mourinho, stated in an interview this week that he wants to return to England, but would like to see Ferguson still in charge at Old Trafford when he does.

According to Corriere dello Sport however, AC Milan are gearing up to make a move for Guardiola, who they want to become the club’s technical director when he returns to football, with current vice-president Alberto Galliani set to be moved into a new role as part of a reshuffle.

Milan have struggled this season following a string of high-profile departures over the summer, most notably Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Thiago Silva, who left for Paris Saint-Germain.

They currently sit in 11th in Serie A having picked up just two wins from six games, heaping pressure on current boss Massimiliano Allegri.

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