Bayern Munich is reportedly set to offer Pep Guardiola a whopping 17- million pounds a year to keep him on as their manager.
Chelsea manager Roman Abramovich, too, is desperate to sign the world’s most sought after manager in world football.
Manchester United was keen on signing the former Barcelona coach when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and according to reports Louis van Gaal might step down when his contract withball club expires in 2017.
Guardiola, however, has been hesitant over signing a new deal and is thought to be contemplating whether or not to take another break from the game at the end of the season.
“Not even I know what Pep’s intentions are. We’ve had some intensive talks in the past few days, but when it comes to things like this, he’s very private,” says Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg.
He will make up his mind entirely based on his own impressions. He is very happy but at the end of the day, it is a decision he is going to take by himself.
“One thing is for sure, however, and that is everybody around him will accept his decision, no matter what it is.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich has forwarded contract talks to next month to fend off interest from Chelsea while both Manchester and Arsenal are keenly observing the developments.
The German giants want to sign Guardiola for a two year extension deal until 2018.
Guardiola who is out of contract next summer is already the highest paid manager in world football with 14 million pounds a year contract deal and the new deal loaded with incentives and bonuses will increase his earnings even further. Jose Mourinho follows closely at 12 million pounds a year.
Guardiola is quite open to discussions about his future and if reports are to be believed Guardiola might end up staying with the German giants.
17-million pounds a year is an offer nevertheless too hard to resist.