Pep Guardiola is taking a year out, but it’s already reported Chelsea and Milan are battling to sign the ex-Barcelona Coach for 2013.
The tactician opted to take a year out after winning everything with the Blaugrana, as he felt tired from the constant pressure.
The Corriere dello Sport suggests there are only two real alternatives for when he does return to management in June 2013.
Guardiola has many friends in Italy from his time at Brescia and Roma as a player, while Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has never disguised his admiration.
The other option is Chelsea, who are yet to decide who their manager for next season will be after caretaker Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup.
It’s believed agent Josep Maria Orobtig has been instructed to find a club that will give him time to develop his style of football, but also a place where his family can settle in.
Betting on Serie A? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more