Guardiola, the architect behind Barcelona's stunning recent success, is believed to be Abramovich's preferred choice. In four years at the Nou Camp, he won three Spanish league titles and the Champions League twice while retaining the team's attractive passing style so admired by Abramovich.
AP Sports Writer Chris Lehourites contributed to this report.
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