GUARDIOLA LINKED TO CHELSEA: Do you think Pep will succumb to Roman's advances this time?
As most of us a reading in the various press formats this morning, Roman Abramovich is trying to lure Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge ...
As most of us a reading in the various press formats this morning, Roman Abramovich is trying to lure Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge for the second time. Will he be successful this time?
For a couple of weeks now it has seemed that Guardiola had already lined up his next move after announcing that he will be leaving Bayern Munich this summer. It's being widely reported that Manchester City have offered him a deal of around £15m for three years.
So what of Roman Abramovich and this new attempt to try and muscle in on any deal for the Spaniard before anything is signed? Well, the fact that Guardiola has expressed his concerns about the turnover of Managers under our Russian owner doesn't help. If you also consider that he has turned him down once before then we might have more luck hitting the Jackpot at a casino than trying to get him!
So why Guardiola? Why now? Well it's clear despite the fact that we love him, Jose Mourinho's last few weeks and subsequent departure from Chelsea has left a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room, the board room and in the stands with a very public display from some of our supporters.
You never get anything like that from Guardiola. There is no drama, there is no histrionics and he eludes a calm demeanour which is something that everyone at the club could do with especially the Owner who for the second time has seen the club being dragged through the press on various occasions for varying reasons.
Tactically astute and a great man manager which he has proven in two big leagues, Guardiola now fancies the challenge of the toughest league in the world - The Premier League. However, as we know it's one thing to be managing a club that only has one or two challengers to your title every season, to then come to a league with at least five or six genuine contenders to make a realistic challenge. Add to that the fact that the so called lesser teams are investing monies you wouldn't dream of ten years ago and you discover pretty quickly that there is no easy games anymore. You need to work hard to earn three points because if you don't you will get found out as Chelsea have this season.
According to reports Roman Abramovich has offered Pep Guardiola whatever he wants to come in and take over. First and foremost the financial package will be huge to outbid City, then consider what Pep would ask for and you would have to believe that would be total control of transfers which is something that Roman may not be too keen on but would obviously agree to bring him here. The Spaniard has already stated publicly that Chelsea need TEN players which is a substantial amount, especially if he is referring to potential first team signings.
After this season it's clear that there is a time for change at Chelsea. Would Pep Guardiola consider himself to be the man to oversee a clear out with free reign to bring in the players he chooses for the start of a new era at Stamford Bridge?
My own personal opinion is that I would take him here in a heartbeat. What about you?