PSG’s attempts to find a new manager this summer ventured into the absurd, as they were rejected time and time again before finally convincing Laurent Blanc to sign on a short-term contract.
Both Tottenham Hotspur’s Andre Villas-Boas and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger apparently rejected the chance to take over at the Ligue 1 champions, and it is Wenger in particular who PSG are keen to bring back to France.
One reason several managers turned them down was the undoubted indication they would aim to sign Wenger again next year, and if the Arsenal manager does move to France, he might be joined by Spurs’ manager Villas-Boas, who is reportedly being lined by Monaco as the long-term replacement for Claudio Ranieri.
Monaco have already signed three former Porto employees this summer, bringing Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to Ligue 1 from the Portuguese champions, as well as splurging £51million on Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao.
Villas-Boas, who has rebuilt his reputation at Spurs, could be targeted as an attacking young manager to lead the new Monaco era, with his existing relationship with the former Porto players a useful bonus.
Monaco are likely to be able to offer him Champions League football, as well as a bumper contract and the ability to sign almost any player he asks for.
Meanwhile Wenger might finally be prepared to hand over the reins at Arsenal if he cannot push them back into contention for the Premier League with an expensive squad overhaul this summer.
Arsenal are aware of PSG’s interest in their iconic manager, with some suggestions their new willingness to spend big in the transfer market partly motivated by the idea Wenger could leave.
Gonzalo Higuain could be the first of several high profile additions to the squad, and given Wenger’s relationship with the club, he is still more likely to sign a new deal at the Emirates than move to PSG, whose set up seems anathema to the Frenchman’s footballing philosophy.
However Spurs will know that Villas-Boas has made it clear in the past he only intends to stay in management for a decade or so, and if Monaco make a substantial approach next summer, they might struggle to keep the Portuguese, unless perhaps he is keen to lead Tottenham in a Champions League campaign after a successful year at White Hart Lane.
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