Football transfer rumours: Arsène Wenger to PSG or Borussia Dortmund?

Jacob Steinberg on 23 April 2018

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the first Mill since Arsène’s Big Announcement. You are reading history. Savour the moment. Savour the exclusivity. Print this out and frame it on your favourite wall. Although be advised: the Mill has absolutely no news to bring you regarding Arsenal’s next manager, with the press not even mustering the imagination to link Igors Stepanovs, Gunnersaurus, Nicklas Bendtner, Tim Sherwood or Claude and Ty with the hallowed vacancy. Wenger out! This is a disgrace.

Still, at least we can shed some light on where Wenger might be heading next. Paris Saint-Germain are sniffing around, offering Wenger a chance to experience Neymar’s ego, and it seems that there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund, who will look to replace Peter Stöger at the end of the season.

And if Wenger does decide to go with Dortmund, he could find himself with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach Michy Batshuayi! The Bundesliga side want to turn the Chelsea striker’s loan into a permanent deal. “The interest to commit him is basically there,” Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said. “Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”

Speaking of managerial changes, Chelsea are still likely to be looking for a new No 1 despite Antonio Conte leading them to another FA Cup final. But Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco sounds like he wants to cross his name off Roman Abramovich’s list. “Me at Chelsea?” he said. “I have only Roma on my mind. I’m focused on serious things, we have extraordinary things to achieve.” Wenger’s available, Roman.

José Mourinho will not stand in Anthony Martial’s way if the French forward wants to leave Manchester United. Barcelona and Juventus are interested. Juve, meanwhile, are also in the running to sign Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer, although the Serie A leaders will face competition from Besiktas, Leicester, Monaco, PSG and West Ham.

Arthur Okonkwo, a young goalkeeper, could be about to leave Arsenal on a free. Celtic and RB Leipzig are ready to swoop. Not to worry, though! Arsenal already have their eyes on Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak. But so do Juventus, Liverpool and PSG. Wenger Out!

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