Chelsea's pursuit of Pep Guardiola has taken a significant blow, according to Charles Sale at the Mail, who claims the Spaniard has told club officials that they will need at least 10 new players to transform them into his kind of team.
Roman Abramovich has been chasing Guardiola since he originally left Barcelona, working hard to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2012, but he failed.
Guardiola has been tipped to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, bringing an end to a three-year stint, and the Premier League is believed to be his first choice for his next job.
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Needless to say, Abramovich is preparing a charm offensive with the Sun reporting yesterday that he would tell Guardiola to name his price to turn his team into a 'Barcelona in blue'. However, it's not exactly the most appealing job at the moment.
While Abramovich gave Jose Mourinho every chance to turn it around, the fact that he became the ninth casualty of his reign stands as a testament to the lack of time each manager has been given.
Mourinho, who has yet to speak to the public, suggested it was a lack of investment that caused Chelsea's problems this season, which Guardiola is keen to secure before agreeing to any job.
He has told Abramovich that the current Chelsea team will need almost an entire squad of signings if he wants the brand of football that has become the trademark of his teams.
We can only assume it is because he wants to cleanse the squad of Mourinho's influence. Indeed, as we saw when the two competed in La Liga, they have opposing views on the way football should be played.
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