Arsene Wenger edging closer to management return

Former Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is reportedly edging closer to a return to club management with AC Milan leading the race to acquire his signature in the forthcoming days.

The 69-year-old has been out of managerial work since ending his 22-year association with the Gunners in May after witnessing his worst-ever league finish with the north London side.

Wenger has since been touted to return to management on a number of occasions and France Football now claims that the Rossoneri could become his next destination in the near future.

In a recent TalkSPORT interview, Wenger highlighted that he may only decide on his next club after the turn of the year but it appears the Rossoneri have stepped up their efforts in advance.

France Football suggests that the club’s hierarchy have been in contact with Wenger for several weeks and the Frenchman could take over the managerial reigns from Gennaro Gattuso as early as this month.

Meanwhile, Wenger is also being backed with additional duties and he could work in close quarters with sporting director Leonardo to sort out the transfer proceedings within the club.

Milan spent over £200m last year in an effort to qualify for the Champions League but their efforts went pretty much in vain as they could only manage a sixth-place finish in the standings.

The Rossoneri have been far restrictive with their spending this time around amid their financial constraints but they have genuinely made a much better start which sees them occupying the fourth position.

Nonetheless, consistency has been something which has been questioned under Gattuso and the ploy to bring Wenger to the San Siro could be indicative of the club’s desire to maintain a top-four spot for the entirety of the campaign.

Wenger may have failed to guide Arsenal to Champions League football in the past two seasons but prior to that, the French tactician had an excellent track record with the Gunners with 20 straight campaigns in Europe’s elite competition.

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