PSG To Offer Top Job
Arsene Wenger could become the general manager of Paris Saint-Germain according to reports from France.
With the Frenchman on his way out of Arsenal speculation has now turned to his future. There doesn’t appear to be any role for him within the Gunners hierarchy in marked contract to Sir Alex Ferguson who was kept on in ambassadorial role at Manchester United when he retired five years ago.
PSG coach Unai Emery announced on Friday that he would be stepping down when his contract expires at the end of the season. Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel – who had been linked with Arsenal – is expected to succeed him. An announcement will be made at the end of the season.
But Le 10 Sport claims that talks have taken place between PSG and Wenger about the current Arsenal boss joining the French champions as their general manager. Wenger would be given a four-year deal and take charge of the club’s scouting networkk as well as all transfers. Tuchel would be first-team coach.
Wenger knows PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi very well. He works for the Qatari’s BeIn Sports TV network as a summariser at big international tournaments and he is expected to undertake that role at the World Cup finals in Russia this summer. But he is believed to have rejected the chance to take over as PSG coach on no fewer than four previous occasions.
If Wenger does take up the general manager’s role at PSG it would cast doubts on the future of the club’s current sporting director Antero Henrique. The Portugese has only been in his present role for just under a year.
But there are also reports that Wenger could become the highest-paid manager in the world with a move to China. The Daily Mirror has published what appears to be a highly speculative report suggesting he could earn more than the £24million a year that Marcello Lippi earns as manager of the China national side if he moves to one of the country’s top clubs.
No club is mentioned in the report and there is nothing concrete in the suggestion. A move to PSG looks more likely.