Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain for years, and it looks like the clubs Qatar owners are finally going to land their man.
PSG want Wenger to become their general manager after the January transfer window, where he would replace current sporting director Antero Henrique whose has failed to secure deals for several PSG transfer targets.
Wenger has reportedly told PSG he is keeping his options open, and although he would prefer a coaching position he has not ruled out the possibility of joining them if a significant role became available.
PSG remain unconvinced that UEFA will have clarified their FFP situation in time for January, while sacking Henrique now could mean an exodus of staff, notably in recruitment, and numerous gaps to fill.
Henrique is already working on deals for Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka, Porto’s Danilo Pereira and Genk’s Sander Berge as potential January signings, meaning his exit could jeopardize those moves.
Wenger would be given free rein to restructure numerous aspects on and off the pitch, notably the youth academy, and would have time to get PSG ready for the summer window with a clearer idea of the FFP situation.
Henrique has come in for criticism when one of his predecessors, Leonardo, signed Lucas Paqueta for AC Milan for €35 million from Flamengo despite interest from PSG. Sources said Henrique had relied on activating Paqueta’s €50m release clause in January.