Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down an offer from the Brazilian FA to take charge of the Brazil national team.
According to reports in The Sun, Wenger was sounded out for the role after the Brazilian FA became unhappy with the performance of current boss Mano Menezes.
The 62-year-old Gunners boss was reportedly offered a two-year deal taking him up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The opportunity to manage the Samba Boys' on home soil, as they bid for a unique sixth World Cup trophy, would have been a unique chance for Wenger, but the Arsenal boss is committed to his project at the Emirates Stadium.
But the Gunners boss may have to do without club captain Robin van Persie next season. The Dutchman has indicated he sees his future away from north London, a decision which has come as a massive blow to Wenger.
But Arsenal already have two new signings in place as they bid to improve on last year's third place Premier League finish. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have signed for the Gunners and both should upgrade the Arsenal frontline.
Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner are believed to be on their way out of Arsenal, as the Gunners make way for the new arrivals. Bendtner is reportedly close to sealing a switch to a 'top' club in Europe, but Chamakh is no nearer the exit door.
The Morocco international was linked with Serie 'A' side Fiorentina, but the Italian club have denied making an offer for the Arsenal striker. Reports suggest the Florence-based team were put off by the forward's £45,000 a week wages.