AC Milan could be set to scupper any hopes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had of luring Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge next summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Officials from the Italian giants are believed to have made contact with the former Barcelona manager about the possibility of him taking over at the San Siro.
Current boss Massimiliano Allegri has come under intense pressure after a disappointing start to the season in Serie A, while their Champions League campaign has also been far from ideal.
Several Milan officials are keen to replace Allegri and Guardiola is the overwhelming choice to take over, with many wanting him in the hot seat as soon as January.
Guardiola is currently on Sabbatical after deciding to quit Barcelona after four trophy-laden years at the Nou Camp, and has always insisted he will not return to football until next summer. However, Milan are keen to move quickly and will do all they can to try and tempt the Spaniard back in to the game six months early.
If they are successful, it will come as a blow to Chelsea with owner Roman Abramovich seeing Guardiola as his ‘dream’ manager, and despite the fact Roberto Di Matteo lead the club to their first ever Champions League trophy last season, it’s understood the Russian is seriously considering trying to bring him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season while the 41-year-old is out of work.
Premier League champions Manchester City are also keeping a close eye on Guadiola’s situation with Roberto Mancini’s future at the Etihad far from secure. City were hoping that chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain – who both worked with Guardiola at Barca – would be able to lure him to Manchester should Mancini be sacked in the summer.
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