The Bayern boss could have worked in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola could have managed either Chelsea or Manchester City after leaving FC Barcelona in the summer of 2012.
After four years of success at the Nou Camp the 43-year-old decided to end his tenure a little over two years ago and spent a year out in New York.
During that time Guardiola agreed to take the reigns at Bayern from Jupp Heynckes, but it has now been revealed that the Premier League big spenders also made approaches for the Spaniard.
In a new book marking the manager’s time at the Allianz Arena – Pep Confidential – Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau says that both City director of football Txiki Begiristain and Blues owner Roman Abramovich tried to convince him to come to their respective clubs.
“During his sabbatical year in New York, the job offers poured in,” Perarnau wrote, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“His ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, was very insistent.
“He also met up in Paris with Roman Abramovich, who was prepared to do anything to lure Pep to Chelsea.”
As it was Guardiola chose Bayern and lead the team to the Bundesliga title – with a record seven matches spare – and the German Cup during his first season in charge.
However, there are rumours that the former Barca ace will come to manage in England one day and Perarnau goes on to state that Manchester United are the club that appeals to the manager the most.