Two men have been heavily linked with the manager’s position at Ligue 1 side Monaco, and the bad news for Arsenal fans is that one of those – Jorge Jesus – has appeared to rule himself out, leaving Arsene Wenger as the other potential candidate for the role.
Of course, the Gunners boss has had plenty to say about his own contract situation recently, claiming that a new deal would be signed in due course and that Arsenal fans had nothing to worry about in that respect.
And yet as long as no announcement from the Emirates Stadium is forthcoming, the rumours will persist.
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus was heavily tipped to take over from Claudio Ranieri having led the Portuguese side to an outstanding season; but Jesus told O Jogo the following in relation to the rumours:
“I know nothing…no one has spoken to me about Monaco. The only option open is that I continue to work at Benfica because I have a contract for another year.”
So if Jesus is out of the running, what of Wenger?
Reports this weekend suggested the Gunners manager had been offered the Monaco job with a yearly wage of £10million. This despite an interview he gave to Eurosport in which he is quoted as saying his Arsenal contract “is not totally done but it should be sorted soon.”
And yet until he puts pen to paper, the rumours will continue. And with Jesus seemingly out of the race, just how hard will Monaco try to bring their old boss back to the club?