Arsene Wenger has turned down a huge £30million-a-year offer to move to China — DOUBLE what Pep Guardiola is on at Manchester City.
Arsenal manager Wenger was sounded out with an offer to make him the highest paid manager in world football with his long-term future at the Gunners in serious doubt.
The 67-year-old Frenchman has had several approaches since revealing that he is determined to carry on managing next season. He is clearly determined to stay at the highest level in Europe — whether or not that is at Arsenal.
Wenger, whose current £8m-a-year deal expires this summer, knows there is a new two-year contract on the table for him to stay at the Emirates.
But there is serious doubt among the hierarchy at the club over whether he will stay, and Arsenal have already made discreet enquiries about potential replacements.
Wenger could yet stay on though, with most of the potential successors struggling at their current clubs.
The leading contender, Thomas Tuchel, has endured a disappointing season at Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. while Juventus boss Max Allegri is undecided on his own future at a club on course for a sixth successive Italian title.
Several Arsenal players have made it clear they want Wenger to stay, but he is keeping his cards close to his chest — even the coaching staff are uncertain of his plans.
Meanwhile, former Rangers boss Mark Warburton could be a surprise contender to replace Arsenal’s academy director Andries Jonker, who quit on Monday to become Wolfsburg boss.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis paid tribute to Jonker after nearly three years at the club, but the Dutchman divided opinion over his methods and development of youngsters and had several personality clashes with other members of the coaching staff.
Jonker was out of contract this summer and might well have moved on so Arsenal are likely to have been looking around with promoting Steve Morrow another option.
But Warburton, who steered Brentford up from League One to the Championship before making the switch to Glasgow in 2015, could be an interesting choice.
He is popular at the club, very well-thought-of and if he is prepared to leave first-team management would also have a well-known name as well as standing in the game.
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