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Barcelona fear Arsenal have Guardiola deal lined up

Barcelona fear losing coach Pep Guardiola - to Arsenal. The Daily Star Sunday says there's growing concern at the Nou Camp following the Barca boss's decision to sign only a one-year extension to his contract.

The Catalan club wanted their brilliant boss to pledge himself to the club on a longer deal.

And the Premier League is seen as the most likely destination if Guardiola decides he needs a new challenge.

He's been touted as a candidate to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, 69, at Manchester United when the Red Devils' boss finally calls it a day but Arsenal is said to be the club closest to Guardiola's footballing heart.

The key to any move, of course, is the future of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 61, who has been in charge at the north London club for nearly 15 years - and who still enjoys the support and respect of the board at The Emirates.

And yet despite that backing, even Wenger needs to win trophies - something he's failed to achieve for six years - which makes the rest of this season and the next campaign crucial for the Frenchman's future.

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