Barcelona president Sandro Rosell wants Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa to replace Pep Guardiola in 2013 - report

The Camp Nou chief is preparing for the 40-year-old's eventual departure, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly identifying the La Liga boss as his successor at Manchester United
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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will replace Pep Guardiola with Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa should the 40-year-old decide to leave Camp Nou next year, AS reports.

Speculation that Guardiola is considering leaving the Catalan club has been rife, with a move to another league or a year-long sabbatical thought to be options for the former Barca skipper.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express claims that Sir Alex Ferguson sees Guardiola as his ideal successor at Manchester United.

Should Guardiola indeed depart the European champions in 2013, then Rosell could move for Bielsa.

Before Barcelona's clash with Athletic Bilbao in November at San Mames, Lionel Messi came out in praise for his compatriot, while Javier Mascherano and Alexis Sanchez are also believed to be fans of the 56-year-old.

Meanwhile, Sport says Guardiola will remain with his current employers for at least one moe season.