Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is set to have talks with AC Milan about the possibility of taking charge of the Serie A giants, according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claim AC Milan club president Silvio Berlusconi wants to speak with Guardiola as the future of present boss Massimiliano Allegri remains in doubt.
Guardiola has been a long-term target for European Champions Chelsea but Carlo Mazzone, a close friend of the Spanish manager, claims Guardiola may only consider a return to management in Italy.
Mazzone told MilanNews.it: “He has friends here and was happy in Italy. If he does return then clearly it will be to coach a team of great technical potential with important objectives.
“I would be very happy if Pep returned to Italy. Where could he go? Milan or Inter – there isn’t exactly a vast choice. He has had his time in Spain and I think he could come here, though I don’t know whether it’ll be in a day, a year or five years.”
Guardiola made his name in management at Barcelona where he won 14 major trophies in just four seasons, including three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and two Champions League triumphs.
The Spaniard resigned as Barcelona boss at the end of last season and immediately stated he would be taking a year’s break from the game to recharge his batteries.
Tottenham Hotspur and German side Bayern Munich have also been linked with Guardiola but AC Milan now appear to be the front runners to secure his services.