Abramovich is doing all he can to make Pep Guardiola come to Chelsea, including making him the world’s highest paid manager.
It is being suggested the Chelsea owner’s ‘trigger happy’ attitude to managers – eight sacked in nine-and-a-half years – is putting off Guardiola, who is currently taking a year out of the game in New York after leaving the Nou Camp.
Indeed, reports suggest that technical director Michael Emenalo is drawing up a backup list which includes Jurgen Klopp, however, ESPN has learned that Abramovich is determined to win the race for Guardiola, despite intense interest from PSG, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.
With Europe’s elite all keen to lure Guardiola, Abramovich plans to blow them all out of the water with a massive offer of a £20m-a-year, four year contract, plus bonuses that would easily ensure the Spaniard earns nearly £100m for his troubles and becomes the world’s highest paid manager.
But Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, recently revealed that his client would not be making up his mind before the New Year.
“Pep Guardiola will not decide anything before January. I was with him in New York, 15 days ago, and he told me that he will not decide before January or February which team he will coach or if he will sit on any bench next season,” he told Brazilian website Lancenet.