Arsene Wenger on Barcelona manager shortlist

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Barcelona have placed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on their list of managers they will target should they opt to get rid of Tata Martino in the summer, according to Catalan newspaper Sport.

Martino has been under pressure in recent weeks following league defeats against Valencia, Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid - but bought himself some time by seeing off Manchester City in the Champions League.

However that may not be enough to save his job in the long-term, and Barcelona are said to be making contingency plans for the summer.

According to Sport, Arsene Wenger is one of the managers being considered to replace the Argentinian if he is sacked at the end of the season.

The Frenchman is currently the Premier League's longest-standing manager by some way having taken over at Arsenal in 1996, celebrating 17 years in charge of the Gunners last year.

As it stands Wenger is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Arsenal which could open the door for Barcelona, although it is expected that he will commit to the club for two more years in the coming weeks.

Regardless, It is unlikely that he would be willing to walk away from Arsenal this summer, especially when he appears on the verge of ending the club's trophy-less spell which stretches back to 2005.

According to Sport, Ajax boss Frank de Boer is on Barcelona's shortlist, as is Brazil boss Felipe Scolari.

Previously the newspaper had suggested that former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was in the running.

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