Premier League giants vying for ex-Barcelona coach

Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly in contention to recruit Luis Enrique as their next manager. The 47-year-old is presently on an extended sabbatical following a three-year stint with Barcelona, whom he guided to nine major trophies.

According to¬†Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have made an initial approach for the experienced head coach, who is understood to prefer a Premier League challenge after his success in the Spanish top-flight. The west London outfit are presently on a season low after back-to-back losses against Bournemouth and Watford respectively and Antonio Conte’s position is supposedly insecure despite the club being within reach of the top-four.

The Italian earned a wage increase on his contract much earlier in the campaign but things have since not gone his way with the Blues failing to compete with Manchester City for the title. Moreover, Conte has also publicly criticised about the club’s transfer policy and this could eventually push him towards the exit door.

On the contrary, arch-rivals Arsenal are also said to be tracking Enrique’s position following another average season in the English top-tier. The Gunners appear likely to finish outside the top-four for the second straight season under Arsene Wenger and this could invite their approach for a new manager, if the Frenchman does step down.

The Gunners are currently seven points behind the final Champions League spot after succumbed to a derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and their best chance of qualifying for the elite competition may lie on them winning this season’s Europa League title.

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