Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s infamous sabbatical from football at the end of last season saw him become one of the hottest managerial commodities in football, with the media linking him to every possible vacancy in the near future. Various media outlets are now suggesting that the former Barcelona captain could be taking charge of German powerhouses Bayern Munich at the start of next season. Negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage and Bayern are willing to offer the Spaniard a lucrative deal in order to secure his services.
After being linked to a host of clubs across the continent including the likes of English giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, it appears the most prized manager in football has chosen Germany as his next challenge. Guardiola won almost everything he could during his time at Barcelona and despite being just 4 seasons old in management, his pedigree both domestically and in Europe is enviable. Choosing Germany seems to make a lot of sense, specially Bayern who are easily one of the best run clubs in world football and the working environment could be ideal.
German football is on a positive growth curve seeing a rapid increase in quality and viewership in recent years, and the arrival of Pep will only rocket it to new highs. The Bayern board have categorically rubbished all such rumours but with 2 final losses in the past 3 seasons, Bayern’s struggle for a European Cup is believed to be the major reason behind approaching the former Barcelona manager who won the trophy twice in his 4 year reign at the club.
Guardiola’s recent appearance at the FIFA awards night caused mayhem after he said he would soon be returning to management but not many expected Bayern to win the race for his services. Betting odds have slashed severely in the past 24 hours and the deal seems very likely as of now, despite Bayern denying any such rumours. But just like every transfer this could turn out to be a smokescreen for events to twist dramatically in the future. Smokescreen or not, one thing is for certain, this rumour has got legs and we will be hearing more of this in the days to come.