Paris St Germain are ready to launch a massive £30m move to tempt Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to leave the Gunners for the French capital, according to the Daily Mirror.
The report suggests current PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti may be interested in a job swap that would see the Italian take over at the Emirates Stadium, while Wenger would take the reins in Paris.
PSG’s Qatari owners are ready to sanction a £10m-a-year three-year deal for Wenger, as they look to persuade him to join their big-spending project.
The report claims PSG have turned to the Arsenal boss after Pep Guardiola opted to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while another potential target – Jose Mourinho – confirmed his desire to return to the Premier League.
While the big-spending French club have not completely ruled out the idea of convincing Mourinho to join the Ligue 1 title challengers, Wenger is now thought to be their first-choice.
But the Arsenal boss is fiercely loyal to the Gunners – he vowed never to walk out on the club – and the Frenchman has a contract that doesn’t expire until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Wenger rarely makes a decision on his own future during the season, and although Arsenal are keen to sign him up to another contract, the Frenchman may ultimately decide to stick with the Gunners to see through his latest rebuilding project – the club’s young core – Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs all recently signed new deals.
PSG tried to tempt Wenger to the Parc des Princes in 2011, but eventually hired former-Chelsea boss Ancelotti, and the report suggests the French team would have no trouble increasing Wenger’s current £7m-a-year Arsenal contract by at least £3m-per-season to get him this time around.
As for Ancelotti, the Italian boss is reportedly open to the idea of returning to England should PSG decide to replace him at the end of the season.