Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is closing in on his return to management and according to France Football, the Frenchman is in advanced talks with Serie A club AC Milan.
AC Milan currently sit fourth in the Serie A league table under manager Gennaro Gattuso and reports suggest that despite a decent start to the season the AC Milan club hierarchy are unhappy with the manager. Milan spent more than €100 million in the last summer transfer window, but are still lagging ten points behind league leaders Juventus.
After spending 22 long years at the Emirates, Wenger called time on his stay at the North-London club. The 69-year-old recently told SportBILD, “I believe that (I will) start again on January 1. I don’t know (where) yet. I feel rested, and am ready to work again. There are associations, national teams, it could be also (in) Japan. From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are inquiries from all over the world.” Wenger has also revealed to Sky Sports that he misses his day to day involvement in games and is seeking a return to management next year.
Now according to France Football, the former Arsenal boss has been in negotiations for several weeks with the Serie A club about taking charge. It is believed that club investors Elliott Management Corporation are expecting Milan to return to the Champions League next season but the results have not been convincing. Arsene Wenger’s appointment at the San Siro is more likely to happen because of the arrival of Ivan Gazidis, AC Milan’s newly appointed chief executive. Although Milan recently had Gattuso’s contract extended this year in April, the Italian boss who took over from Vincenzo Montella in 2017 could still face the axe anytime soon. New chief executive Ivan Gazidis has worked with Arsene Wenger when he was the chief executive of Arsenal.
Wenger beat the Rossoneri in last season’s Europa League with the Gunners, but who knows maybe we will see him on the other side this time?
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