All the speculation wasn't just speculation. Bayern Munich have confirmed Pep Guardiola will become their coach in July, taking his first job since walking away from Barcelona in May 2012.
The 41-year-old Guardiola won two Champions League titles and three Spanish championships in his four seasons with Barcelona, presiding over the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta to build one of the greatest teams the game has ever seen.
Guardiola will replace the veteran Jupp Heynckes at Bayern, with the 67-year-old coming to the end of his contract and speculation rife he is set to retire from management.
Guardiola will inherit a team who are currently dominating the German Bundesliga and find themselves matched up with Arsenal in the Champions League last 16. They reached the final under Heynckes last season, only to fall to Chelsea on penalties in Munich.
There are clear similarities between the working models at Bayern and Barca, and Guardiola's appointment appears to be a fine fit for all concerned.
In this clip, B/R lead writers Will Tidey and Michael Cummings explain why.