PSG in shock move for Arsenal boss Wenger and Ronaldo

Apr 30, 2013
Bill Mann

Arsenal may have a huge summer transfer kitty, but will Wenger be around to spend it?

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Arsene Wenger

ARSENAL'S £70m transfer kitty has been making the headlines for weeks but the shock news of the day is that boss Arsene Wenger might not be around to spend it.

Paris Saint Germain are convinced they can end Wenger's 17-year reign at the Emirates and lure him back across the Channel next season. Wenger will meet the French club's Qatari owners next week and according to the Daily Telegraph, their "least optimistic scenario" is one in which Wenger sees out his current deal before a 2014 transfer to the French capital. The French club are confident that they can get their hands on him sooner than that, and hope to have him on board this summer.

Wenger is no longer untouchable in the eyes of many Arsenal fans, and the idea of his departure is not unthinkable. Many fans are angry at what they see as a lack of investment in the squad and the Gunners' eight-year trophy drought.

Germany coach Joachim Low is the favourite to replace Wenger at Arsenal. A move to the Emirates would potentially triple the German's salary. However, the UK paper believes Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, Everton boss David Moyes and Ajax number two Dennis Bergkamp could also be in the running.

Wenger isn't the only marquee signing PSG have their eye on this summer. According to The Sun the French league leaders are also going after Cristiano Ronaldo, and have made a "substantial offer" for the Portuguese superstar.

That news, according to the paper, has caused panic at Old Trafford where Manchester United have been working on a bid designed to lure their former number seven back to the North West.

Even before PSG weighed with their offer, Fergie and his cronies had been thrashing out a package involving sponsors Nike to try and convince Ronnie to come home. The Sun says United are willing to offer £65m plus Nani if Ronaldo decides to quit the Bernabeu.

Wenger's impending exit makes any rumours about his transfer targets largely irrelevant, which is just as well because the most recent objects of his desire are not responding to his flirtations.

First up and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has moved to damped speculation linking him to Arsenal according to Metro, and is instead talking up his prospects with the Saints, who are safe for another season in the Premier League.

The French midfielder has been suggested as a possible replacement for the injury prone Abou Diaby at the Emirates, and there's little doubt he would take up less time in the medical room than Diaby. However, the 23-year-old believes that Southampton could finish in the top six next season, quite possibly at the expense of the Gunners.

Another Gunners target, Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is pleading with Real Madrid to sign him just 24 hours after hearing of Arsenal's interest. The 20-year-old starlet told French TV station Telefoot: "Real Madrid has been my dream since I was a small boy."

Across North London, Spurs are set to gazump both Liverpool and Manchester United with moves for Paul Ince's son Thomas Ince  and Everton's Leighton Baines.

Liverpool tried to sign Blackpool winger Ince in the January window but Spurs are now looking to bring the £6.5m star down south to provide competition to Aaron Lennon, according to The Mirror.

Spurs are also set for an audacious swoop for Everton full-back Leighton Baines, taking him from under the nose of Sir Alex Ferguson, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian. The local paper might seem an unlikely source but you can barely walk five minutes around Epping Forest or Chingford without bumping into a former or current Tottenham player, so they have the inside track.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is prepared to sell Danny Rose and Benoit Assou-Ekotto to fund a £12m move for Baines. The left-back's spectacular form this season has seen him challenging Ashley Cole for a place in the England team. Manchester United has long been the left-back's presumed destination. The Everton star is seen as the obvious replacement for Patrice Evra, following the Frenchman's slow and largely unexplained decline over the past two seasons.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini is preparing for a night of the long knives at the Etihad says The Times. As many as 12 players could be off after a disappointing season in which City failed miserably to capitalise on last season's league triumph. Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz (remember him?) and Richard Wright will all be shown the exit door when their contracts expire. 

Samir Nasri, Joleon Lescott, Dein Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, Maicon, Scott Sinclair, Dedryck Boyata and John Guidetti (who?) could go as well.

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