Arsenal are plotting on replacing Arsene Wenger with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, should the Italian become available next summer.
According to the Daily Express the Gunners see Ancelotti as the right man to take their club to the next level, and are keen to have a contingency plan incase their current boss leaves for AS Monaco, as has been speculated in recent weeks.
Wenger, despite only having signed a new contract on the back of winning the F.A Cup last season, has had to fend off plenty of criticism in recent years, with many believing that he has taken the club as far as he can.
With that in mind his future has been somewhat precarious of late, and the idea of him returning to Monaco, whom he managed before taking the reigns in north London, isn’t as farfetched as it once was.
If the Frenchman does indicate a desire to turn his back on Arsenal at the end of this campaign then it would seem that chiefs at the Emirates Stadium have already decided who it is they want to fill the inevitable void there would be in the dugout.
Fresh from his Champions League triumph with Madrid, Ancelotti is the man of the moment, and his recent track record - taking things back to his days in charge of Paris Saint-Germain - is very healthy indeed.
Back to back league titles in France earned him his move to arguably Europe’s biggest club, but regardless of how well he is doing in Spain a manager’s job is never truly safe at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ancelotti move possible
If he fails to win La Liga for a second time then even the fact that he handed Florentino Perez the coveted La Decima last term might not be enough to save his skin, and even if it is then Ancelotti might opt for a change of scenery.
The 55-year-old revealed recently that he remains fond of English football from his time in charge of Chelsea, but all the same a move to their London rivals would be something of a coup.