With only two years remaining on his current Manchester City contract, Pep Guardiola may be in line to return to Barcelona dramatically, with the club starting thirteen years ago.
It is reported that the Catalan giants are trying to rebuild after the defeat of talismanic captain Lionel Messi and club president Joan Laporta is ready to do everything to bring the legendary coach back to his native Spain.
According to El Nacional, LaPorta sees Guardiola as the perfect man to lead Barcelona to the top of world football.
The club have not won the Champions League since 2014/15, with the goals of Messi, Luis Suarez and Niemr heading into the historic triple this season.
All the South American superstars have continued since then, and the club’s hierarchy is helping the club to its future glory in the desperate search for new heroes.
However, success also requires an outstanding manager – that’s where Pep enters the conversation.
After winning all things domestic for Man City, Guardiola may well end up returning to Barcelona if he can finally end the club’s Champions League hoodoo.
During his first spell in Catalonia, between 2008 and 2012, Guardiola helped assemble one of the greatest club sides the world has ever seen.
Two Champions League wins, as well as three La Liga titles; Messi, Xavi and co have all sidelined European and domestic challengers.
While it is virtually impossible for a 50-year-old to recreate such dominance for a second time, there are some managers in World Football who have a collection similar to Pep’s – given all he has accomplished.
Ronald Coman may be in charge of Barcelona at present, but his days look to be numbered after a slow start in the new to.
Guardiola’s return to the club is still far from assured, but if El Nacional is to be believed, Laporta will do “everything in his power” to bring the series winner back to Camp Nou.