The financially revamped PSG are reportedly preparing a massive £ 30m move for the Arsenal manager, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
The 63-year old Frenchman’s reign at the North London club started in 1996, and since taking over, the tactician has been at the receiving end of both praise and criticism surrounding his tactical stance, performances and his transfer policy. And in recent years, the pressure coming from fans and pundits have often lead to questions about the manager’s future in the press, with his trophy drought being at the centre of much discussion.
According to the Mail’s report, the rich Qatari owners of the French capital side are eager to secure Wenger’s services at the Parc des Princes next season, and are preparing a deal worth £10m a year for three years. The same report suggests that current manager and former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti would be interested in a job swap that would see him take over as the Frenchman’s successor at the Emirates.
Wenger is already currently one of Europe’s highest paid managers – on a £7m-a-year contract, according to the Mail, but he could pick up a massive contract to return to his homeland.
PSG see Wenger as their best option, having seen Pep Guardiola agree to take over at Bayern Munich, and seeing Jose Mourinho reiterate his desire to return to the Premier League (though they haven’t quite given up on him.) The manager though has never walked out on a contract, with his current deal running out in 2014.
The French side tried to sign Wenger back in 2011, but eventually appointed Ancelotti after he was sacked by Chelsea, who the Mail say would be interested in a return to England. The 53-year old also declared his love of life in London along with his admiration for the Gunners.
Could it finally be a new era for Arsenal? Could the football and policy change with the surprise appointment of a new manager?
The Mail say that Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive will offer Wenger a contract extension, but that he is unwilling to make any decisions on his future during the season.
What do you think Arsenal fans? Is it time for a new manager and a new regime at The Emirates? Would Ancelotti make be a strong replacement for Wenger? Share your thoughts below.
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This article was first posted on January 20, 2013