Premier League transfer rumours: Chelsea's alternative if they fail to land Pep Guardiola

By Thomas Hallett
Diego Simeone


Champions League winners Chelsea have long been admirers of Pep Guardiola. Owner Roman Abramovich is willing to throw blank cheques at the Spaniard in order to bring him to Stamford Bridge and recreate the dynasty from his Barcelona days.

But there could be forces at work against the Premier League club, and it may not seem as straightforward as it once did to land Guardiola. In the event Chelsea fail to bring in their prime target, the club are said to be looking towards Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

Simeone has done a fantastic job in the short time he’s been at the Vicente Calderon, and the two trophies already won with the team—last season’s Europa League and this season’s Uefa Super Cup—appear to be the start of something exciting for the club.

The prospect of Chelsea landing Guardiola come the end of the season seems to be fading, with plenty of clubs now looking to make serious advances towards the manager as the new year approaches.

Chelsea have also long been on the hunt for Simeone’s most prized asset at Atletico in Radamel Falcao, but now there is a sense that the club could bring the two South Americans to West London and provide both men with a seemingly elevated platform from which to succeed.

Atletico remain determined to hang onto the pair, with a fresh contract reportedly extended to the manager. There should be plenty of reason to believe Simeone’s work is far from done in the Spanish capital.

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