Stamford Bridge supremo sees Nou Camp boss as perfect replacement.
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is wanted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to replace Carlo Ancelotti and win the Champions League.
The Russian billionaire was at Old Trafford last night to watch his team defeated 3-1 on aggregate by Manchester United in Europe’s premier competition.
The European Cup is the only silverware Abramovich has yet to win and is the the trophy he covets most.
Four managers have tried and failed to deliver, and with Ancelotti’s latest defeat he looks sure to be shown the door too.
Abramovich will now move to sign the most successful manager in European football over the last three years in Guardiola.
The Nou Camp boss has just rcently signed a new one-year deal with the La Liga giants but Abramovich knows he can buy out the contract.
Guardiola has also dropped hints he is ready to quit the Catalan giants, citing the strain of being Barcelona manager is too much.
“I think my time here at Barcelona is coming to an end,” said Guardiola in an interview with Italian television station Rai.
“I’m happy here but when you are at a club like this for a long time it’s not possible to stay long-term.
“Next year will be my fourth consecutive as Barca coach. A club like this must have a lot of courage to keep a coach for all this time because players tire of coaches and vice versa.”