According to a report from ESPN this afternoon, Arsenal are considering Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca as a replacement for Arsene Wenger.
As has been the talk of world football over the last 10 days, Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger confirmed two Fridays ago that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:
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Following on from the flood of tributes from players, managers and pundits alike, thanking Wenger for what he has done for the game and wishing him well with his future endeavours, the other big story in the English media has surrounded who could be set to replace the Frenchman in North London this summer.
The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique and Mikel Arteta have all been named as potential arrivals at the Emirates, with the aforementioned report from ESPN this afternoon claiming that Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has now been added to the growing list of candidates.
Fonseca, 45, previously managed the likes of Porto and Braga in his native country of Portugal, and took over the reigns at Shakhtar in 2016.
He led the club to the round of 16 in the Champions League this season, and his side currently sit top of the Ukrainian top-flight with 3 games to play.
Everton were known to have been tracking Fonseca before the appointment of Sam Allardyce late last year, with the attractive brand of football showcased by the former Porto midfielder’s teams since the beginning of his managerial career in 2011 having piqued the interest of several of Europe’s top clubs.
ESPN claim that Arsenal have in fact already made contact with Fonseca to gauge his interest in taking over in North London this summer, though Shakhtar are extremely reluctant to part with the tactician as things stand.