Management Structure May Deter Prime Targets
Arsenal are expected to announce the name of their new manager before the World Cup starts in Russia next month.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique are the two front-runners for the job although Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac is also a candidate.
But reports over the past few days have suggested that both Allegri and Enrique have doubts about taking the job because of the Gunners’ management structure. Enrique’s wage demands are also believed to be a stumbling block for Arsenal.
Arsenal have beefed up their management structure in recent months with Raul Sanllehi joining the club from Barcelona as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat moving from Borussia Dortmund to become the Gunners’ head of recruitment.
In either case the management structure now used by Arsenal isn’t something that either man will be unfamiliar with. At both Juventus and Barcelona there are directors of football alongside a huge scouting network and a recruitment process similar to that being run by Arsenal. Until recently, Arsene Wenger played a huge part in the recruitment of players. While the new man will not see his opinions discarded or ignored he won’t hold as much sway.
But Enrique’s wage demands could also scupper a move. The Spaniard is believed to be demanding around £15million a year – and that figure is after tax. It means the Gunners would have to offer him around £500,000 a week gross before he agrees to take the job.
Wilshere Expected To Sign New Deal
Jack Wilshere is expected to make a decision over his future before the end of this month. The England international had been offered a new deal worth £90,000 a week – a £20,000-a-week decrease to his current wages – although a revised offer has been made bringing him closer to his current deal.
Wilshere’s injury record in recent years has caused the Gunners’ conservative approach to his contract – much to his dismay.
Everton, Wolves, Juventus and AC Milan are all believed to be keen.