Stamford Bridge look to bring in Catalan to fill hot-seat.
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will make Pep Guardiola a ‘take it or leave it’ £18 million-a-year deal to become Chelsea’s next manager in the summer.
Owner Abramovich is willing to make the former Barcelona coach the world’s highest-paid boss.
He has not given up hope of bringing Guardiola to Stamford Bridge, even if he has to fight a four-way battle with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Abramovich will offer Guardiola £54m over three years – more than double the salary of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is the highest-paid manager in British football at £7.6m a year.
It seems fairly likely that Rafa Benitez may not be offered a permanent managerial role at Stamford Bridge, especially if the Spaniard fails to land any silverware whatsoever and this will leave Roman Abramovich looking for an adequate long term fix. Pep Guardiola is certainly one of the best options he could hope for and the Russian billionaire will hope that a mammoth offer such as this one tempts the former Barcelona boss.
Guardiola has been taking a sabbatical but has stated his intention to return to management this summer and will no doubt be inundated with offers. A lot will depend on what vacancies are available to the 41 year old but one would imagine that money will not be the only motivating factor when it comes to the decision the Catalan makes.
There may be a fear that a move to Chelsea could end long before the completion of the three year deal that is apparently on offer.
Abramovich has become well known for axing manager’s at will and that lack of certainty may well put Guardiola off considering a move to West London.
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