Premier League side Arsenal are sure they could beat City rivals Chelsea to the appointment of Spanish tactician Luis Enrique – if they opt to make the coach their prime target to replace French tactician Arsene Wenger.
The former Barcelona head coach is among a number of names the gunners are presently working through since manager Arsene Wenger announced his stance to step aside as coach at the end of the campaign.
Enrique is presently rated as the leading contender to replace the former Monaco boss, although the gunners are yet to make a decision on their preferred replacement and there is publicly known rival interest from neighbor’s Chelsea.
The Blues had been expected to replace Italian tactician Antonio Conte with Luis Enrique in the summer transfer window, but Chelsea revaluated their options after realizing his wage demands of about £15million-yearly.
That could put off the gunners, although it is expected that, wherever the tactician resumes his managerial career, he will have to accept a reduced salary now that French giants Paris Saint-Germain have opted for Thomas Tuchel as their next boss.
Luis Enrique remains on Chelsea’s wish list of possible managerial appointments, when, expectedly, the former Italy and Juventus manager leaves, but they also have other managerial targets – including Maurizio Sarri, Mauricio Pochettino, Leonardo Jardim and Max Allegri.
Leonardo Jardim is also on the Gunners wish list, but Arsenal are not expected to appoint an Italian, which would completely rule them out of the race to name Sarri or Allegri.
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, who is highly rated by club chief executive Ivan Gazidis, is another leading contender for the job.