But Club Sources Are Said To Be Playing Down The Rumour
Arsenal are being linked with interest in former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager. However, the story appears to be nothing more than sheer speculation – for the moment, at any rate.
A number of UK outlets are quoting Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport as the source for the story. Certainly, it’s the main story on the paper’s front page this morning. The story progressed to the front page via Corriere dello Sport’s website where it appeared yesterday afternoon. The print version suggests Ancelotti will sign a four-year deal worth €10million (£8.8million) a year.
But the story on CdS’s website began life as a speculative piece in the Evening Standard. It claims that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board are considering a move for Ancelotti who is currently out of work having been sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September. The Italian has tended in recent years not to take on a job mid-season and will be looking for a project to begin in the summer.
There has been no official comment from Arsenal. However, the Daily Mirror claims to have been told by sources inside the club that Ancelotti won’t be taking over from Wenger.
Arsenal are anxious to avoid the situation Manchester United have found themselves in since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. But Arsenal’s fortunes appear not to have turned round since Wenger signed a new deal with the Gunners last summer. They lie in sixth place in the Premier League – five points behind fourth spot – and are out of the FA Cup following Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest. They are still in with a shout of reaching the Carabao Cup Final following last night’s goalless draw with Chelsea in the semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge and face Swedish side Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League.