The Daily Mail reports that the former Barcelona boss - who is currently enjoying a sabbatical year in New York with his family - has told his family and friends that he "sees his future at Stamford Bridge".
Guardiola, who won three league titles and two Champions League crowns with Barca, reportedly rejected the job at the end of last season after leaving the Catalan giants, and Roberto di Matteo was installed as permanent boss on a two-year deal.
But it seems the Italian may not get a chance to see out that contract as the most in-demand manager in the game hovers behind him; " Guardiola could have the pick of Europe's top clubs but has made it known to his close circle of advisers that Chelsea is his preferred choice," the paper reports.
Several papers lead with Roberto Mancini's admission that his team are simply not good enough to win the Champions League yet.
"I don't think we're ready to win the Champions League," he says in the Times. "If we say we're ready to win it we're not honest... Chelsea tried for 10 years to win it. They were probably the best team in Europe for ten years and they won it probably when they didn't deserve to."
In the day's transfer news, the Daily Mirror claims that Fulham and Southampton are to fight it out for the £2 million signature of Millwall's midfield star Liam Trotter. The same paper also reports that Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome is set to go out on loan to Leeds.
The Sun claims that William Gallas will be made to sweat over a new contract at Spurs, and that Newcastle have failed in their attempts to line up a deal for River Plate defender German Pezella.
And finally, the sick chants directed at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Saturday earn a lengthy report in the Daily Mail beneath the headline, "Why does he have to put up with such vile abuse?"
Reporter Neil Ashton suggests that Alex Ferguson felt moved to apologise personally to Wenger after Red Devils fans taunted the Gunners boss ("Are you Savile in disguise?" was apparently the main chant at Old Trafford).
Martin Keown writes about the "absurd" chants, saying that when targeted by opposing fans "your blood is boiling, you are seething" and calling for the FA to act, "even if it means banning fans en masse."
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