Pep Guardiola carries on to go with his normal life in New York as he ponders over where he will be next. He is well aware that he can have the pick of the bunch as a European football Manager as all the sides are interested in signing him.
The in-demand coach hasn’t entered discussions with anyone yet, despite the fact that he is considered to be evaluating up specific choices. Chelsea looks best positioned to snap him up, but he won’t make a decision one way or another in 2012. January will get the ball moving, so to speak, where Guardiola’s future is involved.
Roman Abramovich has long been enamoured with Pep’s style of football. Like most of his ilk, the billionaire Chelsea owner is prepared to go all out to get his man. What’s more, the Chelsea offer has a lot going for it. The current squad has excellent potential and Abramovich would likely hand Pep a bumper transfer kitty to do with as he pleased.
Another name in the frame is Bayern Munich, which has already sounded out the former Barça boss. Bayern offers the prestige of a historic club. It has an extremely competitive squad – by far the best in the Bundesliga, which it currently tops – and has contested two of the last three Champions League finals.
Where Bayern is at a disadvantage is in terms of money. Although by no means a minnow, the Bavarian giant cannot call on the bottomless pockets available to the magnates in charge at some of the other clubs in for Guardiola’s signature.