Arsenal eyeing a swoop move for Luis Enrique as Wenger’s successor

Luis Enrique shone during his time as Barca manager and there’s no doubt he could prove a fine appointment for any top Premier League club.

Arsenal are reportedly also interested in Chelsea managerial target Luis Enrique if the Gunners finally part ways with Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the ex-Barcelona boss is a priority target for Blues owner Roman Abramovich, though the North London club are also said to be interested in the manager and may have a special connection to potentially give them an edge in the deal.

This is the Gunners recent appointment of former Barca sporting director Raul Sanllehi, who joined Arsenal as head of football relations in November.

According to the Daily Star, the tabloid recently reported that the Spanish boss had already agreed terms to replace the current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer, while it’s even been suggested Enrique could move to the Bridge earlier.

Conte is under growing pressure after some poor performance from his team, and Don Balon claimed Enrique could quickly come to Chelsea’s rescue by replacing him as he’s assured the signing of Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal will finally be bold enough to make a change of manager, but fans would surely be delighted to see the under-achieving Wenger finally make way for a younger and more recently successful coach.

Enrique, 47, won the treble in his first season at Barcelona and followed that up with a domestic double in his second year in charge, though he’s now on a sabbatical after leaving the Nou Camp at the end of last season.

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