Guardiola has confessed to being a fan of the style of play in the Premier League and in recent years has developed his ability to speak English.

Barcelona-based newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims Guardiola has been tempted by the idea of overhauling England’s approach on and off the pitch.

Rumours are that the FA would even seek to take him on in a consulting role if replacing Fabio Capello proves ultimately unattractive.

The Barcelona manager is expected to announce today whether he will sign a new contract at the Nou Camp, following the club’s Champions League exit and almost certain second place in the Spanish league title race.