Arsenal have been rocked by the news that AS Monaco are keen to appoint Arsene Wenger as their new manager this summer - and have offered the veteran Frenchman an extraordinary £10m-a-year deal to replace Claudio Ranieri at Stade Louis II, according to The Sun.
Wenger’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season and, despite reports that he is poised to sign a new deal, the 64-year-old has yet to put pen-to-paper on the contract extension - leaving Monaco with a chance of luring him back to the club he managed for seven years between 1987-1994.
Monaco are keen to appoint a world-class coach to prevent Paris Saint-Germain from winning a third consecutive Ligue 1 title next season. There is also concern at Stade Louis II that Marseille will become a major force again next term under the management of former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best tacticians.
Certainly, Wenger would have a star-studded squad to work with at Monaco, along with a huge transfer budget to bring in new recruits ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. The likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho have all signed up to be part of the Monaco revolution over the past 12 months.
But will he walk away from the Gunners after 18 years with the north London outfit? Wenger has insisted that he will not sign a new deal until after next weekend’s FA Cup final against Hull City - a perfect opportunity for the Frenchman to end the club’s nine-year trophy drought - and much could depend, although he denies it, on whether they win that prestigious piece of silverware at Wembley.
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