Chelsea have failed in a second attempt to bring outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to the club, according to Mirror Football.
The west London club do not have a permanent manager after dismissing Andre Villas Boas earlier in the season, with interim coach Roberto Di Matteo directing the team for the time being.
With Guardiola leaving the Catalan giants at the end of the campaign, Roman Abramovich has targeted the Blaugrana man as a top target to fill the Chelsea role.
The newspaper indicate that the Blues have offered the Spanish tactician a £12 million-a-year package, and promised him a bumper transfer kitty to add new players.
However, Guardiola is determined to take a year away from the game, and has reportedly refused the Premier League club’s advances.
The news is thought to be positive for Di Matteo, who now stands an excellent chance of being given the role in the Blues hotseat on a long-term basis.
By Gareth McKnight