Back in July, rumors swirled that Manchester City were ready to offer Pep Guardiola £100 million to become their manager beginning in 2016. Manchester City's current manager, Manuel Pellegrini, will likely depart Etihad Stadium at the end of the current season when his contract with the football club expires. Similarly, Guardiola's contract with Germany's Bayern Munich will run out at the end of 2015 2016 season. And with Manchester City sizing up Pep Guardiola and reportedly ready to offer him a record managerial contract, worth £20 million a year for five years, there's not much to keep the Spanish football legend from heading to the Premier League for the first time.

Big Coaching Moves

Recently, the likelihood of a Pep Guardiola move to Manchester City has become even greater. First off, Manchester City Home Shirt 2015 - 2016another Premier League soccer team made a big management hire. Liverpool FC sacked Brendan Rodgers and brought in former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp to replace him. Liverpool had also been linked with Carlo Ancelotti, who was controversially fired from his job at Real Madrid last spring, but Ancelotti is now being tipped for the Bayern Munich job.

If Bayern Munich are going to pursue Ancelotti, that will help Pep Guardiola make up his mind about a move to Manchester City. And if that does happen, then we can expect an exciting and perhaps unpredictable season in 2016 2017. These three men-Klopp, Guardiola, and Ancelotti-are three of the best managers in football, and it would be intriguing to see them all working with new clubs.

Guardiola: The Best in the World?

Manchester City has been playing quite well in recent years. Since Manuel Pellegrini took over as the football club's manager in 2013, they've won one Premier League title and one Football League Cup (both for the 2013 2014 season). They also finished in second place in the 2014 2015 Premier League and are the current frontrunners to win the title in 2016.

Still, while Pellegrini has undoubtedly done well at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola would be a marquee hire for the soccer club. Guardiola, once a dynamic defensive midfielder, retired from professional football nearly a decade ago. He started his management career in 2007, but has still Bayern Munich Home Shirt 2015 - 2016only coached with two clubs: Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In other words, Guardiola tends to stick around in management jobs for a long time, making him the kind of soccer manager that every club wants but that very few actually get a chance to hire.

Guardiola has also shown himself as a man capable of handling challenging coaching jobs. At Barcelona-a club he spent 11 years with as a player-Guardiola won three consecutive La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, three Spanish Super Cups, two Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups.

With Bayern Munich, Guardiola has so far tallied two Bundesliga titles, one DFB Pokal, one UEFA Super Cup, and one Club World Cup. He's also coached the German club to two consecutive semifinal appearances in the Champions League. This year, some soccer pundits have already pointed to Bayern as frontrunners to win the Champions League. Such would be a fitting conclusion to Guardiola's three years in Germany.

England Bound

Bottom line, Pep Guardiola is perhaps the best football manager in the world, and it makes sense that he Manchester City Away Shirt 2015 - 2016would want to coach in the Premier League-with or without a record contract salary. As a player, Pep played in Spain, Italy, Qatar, and Mexico. As a manager, he's mastered the top-flight leagues in both Spain and Germany.

In other words, the English Premier League is the biggest challenge left on the soccer landscape that he hasn't tackled. The draw of building Manchester City into a dynasty team along the lines of Barcelona or Bayern Munich might just be enough to send Guardiola England bound.

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