Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to offer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the chance to take over as the club’s director of football.
It was confirmed on Friday by the Gunners that Wenger would be leaving his post as manager at the end of the current campaign, bringing an end to almost 22 years in charge of the Premier League club.
According to L’Equipe (h/t Sport Witness), PSG will give Wenger the opportunity to step into a new role immediately, as the club are said to want him to oversee incoming manager Thomas Tuchel next season.
L’Equipe has reported that Tuchel is set to take over from current manager Unai Emery at the end of the season. In addition, it’s added the club may make another change in the club’s hierarchy, with current director of football Antero Henrique yet to convince in the position.
The issue for PSG in pursuit of Wenger is said to be salary, as the 68-year-old would likely demand a lot more than the €80,000 a month being taken home by Henrique.
Links to PSG are no surprise, as the Arsenal manager is held in high regard following the job he’s done with the Gunners. In his time as boss, particularly early on in his spell, he signed a number of high-class French players that helped Arsenal win three Premier League titles.
As noted by Charles Watts of Football.London, some of the signings he made during his time in charge in the capital were extraordinary:
While there’s more to a director of football role than scouting players, a key part of the position is recruitment.
For Wenger, who may have had enough of the relentlessness nature of football management at this point, a move into a position overseeing the structure may be ideal. And for a club like PSG, who are still seeking to establish themselves as one of Europe’s best, his experience and intellect would be invaluable.
However, it’s also been reported that Wenger isn’t ready to take a step away from management quite yet.
According to Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph, the 68-year-old “has no intention of retiring from football and is even open to the idea of becoming a national team coach.” Monaco and Everton are cited as teams ready to give Wenger the chance of another job straight away.