The Daily Mirror reports that former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is emerging as the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss.
Following the announcement last week that Wenger will leave his post at the end of the season, there have been no shortage of candidates said to be in the frame to replace him, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Max Allegri, Brendan Rogers, Joachim Loew, and former players Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira all linked with the job.
Now it appears that Enrique, who is currently enjoying a year’s sabbatical from football, is regarded as the front-runner for the job, although the Arsenal board have yet to make a definitive decision on their new man. Chelsea have also been linked with Enrique, but Arsenal are thought to have the edge over their London rivals because of the previous relationship between the 47-year old, and the Gunners de facto Director of Football, Raul Sanliehi, who were both at Barcelona together.
A sticking point may be salary, with Enrique thought to want up to £15 million a year to take over The Emirates, but Sanliehi believes this is a hurdle which can be overcome.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.