Arsene Wenger has been in talks with AC Milan to become their new manager for several weeks, reports say. The Frenchman has been out of work since ending his 20-year plus reign at Arsenal at the end of last season. Wenger has been linked with the managerial posts at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich since leaving Arsenal, and confirmed last month he would resume his football career in January.
France Football now claim Wenger could become the next AC Milan manager and is in advanced talks with the Italian side. Milan owners Paul and Gordon Singer are both big Arsenal fans and want Wenger to replace club legend Gennaro Gattuso, who is currently in charge. Wenger decided against retirement when he exited Arsenal, but has not ruled out taking charge of an international side or taking up a position within a club’s board room.
Milan have endured several difficult years in Serie A, as the Rossoneri’s stock has plummeted since last winning the league title in 2011. A huge injection of transfer funds has yet to spark a major turnaround at the club, but Milan sit fourth in the Serie A table after eleven games. Should Wenger accept Milan’s offer, he will manage in Italy for the first time in his career and will also reunite with former Arsenal CEO, Ivan Gazidis.
The 69-year-old coached Nancy, Monaco and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight before arriving at Arsenal in 1996. Wenger earned legend status at Arsenal, transforming the English side into regular title challengers, lifting the Premier League trophy three times at the club.
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