A number of clubs are preparing to try and gain the services of Pep Guardiola in the summer, after the Bayern Munich coach said he will resign at the end of the season.
Guardiola, whose infamous managerial style consists of fluid, passing football, is said to be attracting the names of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, all of whom are not currently fulfilling their potentials of top footballing sides at the current moment.
However, Sky Sports correspondent Paul Merson has recently come out this week and said that Guardiola would be a perfect replacement for Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman currently ranks as Arsenal’s most successful ever manager, and is likely to retire in the near future considering his age and the time he has spent at the club. Whilst Wenger’s contract expires at the end of next season, Merson believes there is a very real possibility Wenger could retire at the end of this season should Arsenal win the Premier League.
“He (Wenger) could go out in a blaze of glory and win that (Premier League). He’s done great for the club, and he could say to the board, ‘I’ve been around for a long time… this man fits the bill.’
However, Chelsea also look keen on snapping up the former Barcelona boss after sacking Jose Mourinho at the end of 2015. With temporary boss Guus Hiddink only in charge till the end of the season, Roman Abramovich could look towards Guardiola in order to bring success back to Stanford Bridge.
With Manchester City looking to amend City’s shaky title challenge under current boss Pellegrini, and United looking poor and performing averagely under Guardiola, it looks almost certain that the Spaniard will be coming to the Premier League next season.
The Evening Standard earlier reported that Chelsea have told Guardiola they will offer him a larger contract than whatever City offer him. Chelsea’s chances of appointing Guardiola could also be improved by his wife’s preferences, as she is reported as wanting to live in London.