Pep Guardiola Offered £40million to Manage Chelsea

Abramovich wants to tempt Guardiola away from Barcelona.  

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Although he is currently riding high with arguably the world's greatest football team, Pep Guardiola has been put in a tempting position after Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has offered him a four-year contract worth £40million to take the reins of the dwindling club.

The £40million would be after tax, which would see Guardiola become the highest-paid boss in the world. His contract with Barcelona sees him earn £8million net and will expire at the end of this season.

Guardiola's success with Barca speaks for itself. After replacing Frank Rijkaard in 2008 he has helped the team win the Champions League twice and three league championships, among a whole host of other trophies including Spanish and UEFA cups.

Abramovich's offer to Guardiola comes after his recent dismissal of former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was fired from his post at the club after just eight months following a string of losses and a disappointing season.

In stark contrast to the money Pep would make if he took Abramovich up on his offer, AVB earned £4.5million a year and his former club FC Porto were given £13million in compensation ater Abramovich poached him from them. AVB was given over £9million in order for him to leave the club with immediate effect.

When a decision is made upon AVB's replacement, the person assuming the role will be Abramovich's eighth manager since he became owner of the club. According to The Sun he has spent a staggering £2billion on Chelsea in his nine years with them.

Other than Guardiola France manager Laurent Blanc has been cited as a "leading contender" for the role, with Luciano Spalletti and Didier Deschamps also being named.

News broke last week that Guardiola was set to renew his contract with Barca, but Abramovich's big money offer may convince him to change his mind.

The club is currently being led by its former assistant coach Roberto Di Matteo, who in his short time as interim manager has seen the club make it to the Champions League quarter-finals after an impressive  5-4 aggregate win against Napoli.

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