As Arsenal’s search for a new manager continues, the Telegraph are now reporting that the club are interested in finding a cheaper, younger option with a more modern style of coaching.
The transfer budget, not counting sales income, for the new man in the post this summer would be £50 million as the ability to get the best out of the players already here and to promote youthful talent will be a key feature of whoever is appointed.
No final decision has been made as of yet. Luis Enrique has been considered, but his likely wage demands seem to be a problem. He was earning a whopping £16.5 million per year at Barcelona, which is more than double the salary Wenger has been getting. Whether he would be ready to accept a lower figure remains to be seen, but Arsenal are already looking at other possibilities.
The report claims that apart from Enrique, the shortlist contains former club captains Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri and the Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Many outlets have relayed the report from Bosnia about Željko Buvač, but none of them have confirmed the story from sources of their own as of yet. Buvač is well-known to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, from their time together at Borussia Dortmund. Raul Sanllehi, the head of football relations, worked with Enrique at Barcelona while it’s been reported that the club CEO prefers Arteta.
Whoever gets the job will have less power than Wenger had, and significant budget restrictions as the last two years saw Arsenal break some records in terms of both transfer fees and wages.
The Telegraph report also states that fitness coach Tony Colbert, first-team coach Boro Primorac and goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton are expected to leave together with Wenger this summer. Captain Per Mertesacker will head up the club’s academy and current assistant manager Steve Bould could also stay on.