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Here's my answer to the question. I suspect he would go most likely go to united if offered any of the clubs. But there's no apparent vacancy at United in the near future. (One United fan I know who I know has the ear of Ferguson says it will happen at the end of next season.)
Next more likely would be City or Chelsea if offered unlimited transfer budget and told to create the best team in the world in three years. Chelsea have a vacancy and a mad enough owner and Chelsea should have Guardiola's respect as his teams have never beaten Chelsea in a single match. However, Chelsea may not qualify for CL next season would be an issue.
I can't see him being interested in Liverpool or Arsenal. Why would he be? He won't get huge transfer money. Liverpool is some distance off the pace and not in CL. Arsenal at best is Barca lite but very very lite.
Maybe if he does want a break he could be put on a retainer as part-time Director of Football at Chelsea while RDM has another season and starts in a year.
The timing might make sense, a year or so off or in the tv studio then step in when Fergie retires. But I'm just not sure it's a great fit in terms of football philosophy. Sure he'd want a big club already competing for top honors (which is why I'd rule us out at the moment) and deep pockets (which is why I'd rule in your lot and city) but would style of play and the existing squad (and what they are capable of) factor in to it?
At utd he'd either have to change his approach, emphasizing the physical over the technical or spend a small fortune upgrading with technical players. Both Chelsea and City would provide those funds but in many ways I think the current city squad would better suit him.
But end of the day I'm not sure a move to England would be a wise move for him. Yes we all admire the total football that he created (maybe perfected is more appropriate) and Roman may want to import that, but I'm not sure it would work well week in week out in the prem. look at who has bested his system in Europe using a very well organized defensive and physical approach and I think you see where I'm going.
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I see your point. I also think it's unlikely he'll come to England. But what if you could marry what Barca do with a bit of the physicality of the English game? Take one of our clubs and make it more like that.
Or maybe in time the current barca team will be seen to be great less for its system and more for its players.