Even before Bayern Munich made it official that Pep Guardiola will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season, it was widely presumed that a deal was in place between the revered Catalan coach and Manchester City.
However, it appears that the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain still have a chance to persuade Guardiola against joining the Citizens in time for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Guardian understand that a decision from Guardiola over his next club “is not expected imminently” and that he will spend time carefully mulling over his options before an announcement is made.
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The report adds that Guardiola could still remain undecided about his next club come January when he will speak again following his Christmas break in Catalonia.
The 44-year-old could be tempted by Manchester United, who are reportedly on the brink of sacking Louis van Gaal, due to the Red Devils’ “stature, size and history”.
United could appoint Mourinho next week
It was revealed in the excellent Guardiola biography ‘Pep Confidential’ - per the Telegraph - in October 2014 that the former Barcelona head coach told his personal assistant, Manuel Estiarte, he could see himself managing at Old Trafford one day after visiting United’s home ground in his first season with Bayern Munich.
However, given that Manchester United may require a manager sooner than next summer, the Red Devils might opt instead to appoint the unemployed Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG could also be options
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may offer Guardiola another opportunity to manage at Stamford Bridge, while the Arsenal job could be made available if Arsene Wenger decides to take a different role within the club at the Emirates Stadium next season.
And PSG, although they currently have Laurent Blanc in charge, will not want to miss out on the opportunity to appoint the world’s most sought-after coach.
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