898513 280 preview?ITEM ENT ID898513&ampITEM VERSION1&ampCOLLSPEC ENT ID10&ampFILE SERVICE CONF ID280 - Pep prefers United role
The Catalan club's greatest ever manager is currently in the midst of a one year sabbatical from the game after leaving Barca, but is set to return to management at the start of next season.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and AC Milan are known to be the four clubs which have already contacted Guardiola's representatives about a job offer. However, it appears that the Spaniard's preferred option would be none of the above and Manchester United instead.
United are not in the market for a new manager, but still reports from The Sun and the Daily Mail claim that Guardiola wants to take over at Old Trafford once the club's legendary leader Sir Alex Ferguson retires.
The 70-year-old Scot has kept his retirement plans a secret and a source close to Guardiola was quoted in The Sun as saying that the 41-year-old would be prepared to wait for another year in order to get the job he wants.
"The whole history of Manchester United, his relationship with Sir Alex and the way the club is run appeals to Pep," said the source.
"Right now I'd be astonished if he went to Chelsea. He really wants to wait for the United job even if it means extending his time out of the game."
Chelsea have long been linked with a deal for Guardiola but it is now understood that the highly-rated coach is not keen on the Stamford Bridge outfit because of their poor track record with managers. The club recently fired last season's UEFA Champions League winning coach Roberto Di Matteo and installed former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as interim manager until the end of the current campaign.
Meanwhile, AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi believes City - and no one else - are the favourites to land the prized signature of Guardiola in the summer.
"Who would not want someone like Guardiola?" he said in the Daily Mirror.
"But there are English clubs who are after him. In particular City, who have directors who know him for a long time from Barcelona. We will be in there but it is going to be difficult."
Former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begirstain joined City last month as their new director of football operations to work alongside chief executive Ferran Soriano.