Paris St. Germain Confident It Can Lure Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger To France
Ligue 1 club Paris St. Germain’s Qatari owners "are confident that they can prise" Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger from the last year of his contract to become their new manager when current Manager Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the season, according to Paul Hayward of the London TELEGRAPH. PSG’s most senior figures "have been telling members of their circle" that Wenger has been persuaded to leave after 17 years in charge of Arsenal. Their "least optimistic scenario" is that Wenger will move to Paris in the summer of '14 when his current deal at Arsenal expires. However, PSG’s owners "have sounded adamant in recent days that they can tempt him to cross the channel 12 months early." The club's proprietors "have told friends that Wenger is on his way to Paris." Le Parisien reported that Wenger "will meet PSG owners next week," with Ancelotti likely to replace Real Madrid Manager José Mourinho. Friction between Ancelotti and PSG Sporting Dir Leonardo "is believed to have encouraged the former Chelsea manager to seize his opportunity in Madrid." Arsenal will "hope any flirtation with PSG is a bargaining device by Wenger to increase his transfer budget this summer." Asked about the rumors in his native France, Wenger said, "At the end of my contract I’ll see what I can do. I’ve always respected my contracts. I can’t see at my age why that should change" (TELEGRAPH, 4/30).