Manchester United have been halted in their attempts to sign manager Pep Guardiola as Bayern Munich prepare to extend his stay, Daily Star reports.
The former Barcelona boss has been linked with a move to the Premier League ever since the summer, with Manchester City also emerging as another possible destination.
United manager Louis van Gaal has been hit with a lot of criticism in recent weeks after seeing his side get knocked out of the Champions League and then losing 2-1 to Bournemouth at the weekend.
Despite speculation that they are ready to keep Van Gaal until his contract expires in 2017, the board could be forced to make a change if results continue to go against them.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is now prepared to open talks with Guardiola over the terms of a new deal in hopes of persuading him to remain in Germany.
It is believed that the Spaniard could decide to leave this summer, an outcome that could spark a managerial bidding war from the two Manchester giants.