Chelsea refusing to give up on Pep Guardiola as Roman Abramovic lays out ambitious plans

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is said to be refusing to give up on his chase to appoint Pep Guardiola as Jose Mourinho’s long term replacement, according to the Daily Star.

The Star claim that Manchester City believe they have done enough to tempt the 44-year-old to the Etihad in the summer, but Abramovic still hopes he can land the Spaniard as talks over his future are ongoing.

Guardiola confirmed earlier this week that he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season with the Premier League firmly in his mind (via Star) and according to the same report his wife, Cristina Serra, would prefer a move to London over Manchester.

However, The Star also states that due to his frosty relationship with Jose Mourinho, Guardiola is aware that he may struggle to win over the Chelsea fans, and does not want to risk comparison with the former Real Madrid boss.

But according to the London Evening Standard, the Blues will try and sway his decision their way by offering him a bigger financial package than City, and will even hand him a huge transfer budget for him to boost the quality in the squad.

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