Arsenal have reportedly agreed terms in principle with a top Italian boss as Mikel Arteta struggles to get the Gunners’ season up and running.
The Gunners are at the bottom of the Premier League after suffering three defeats from the three games. They are yet to score a goal and there are now doubts as to the capability of Arteta.
After winning the FA Cup in his first season, the Spaniard could only manage an eighth-placed finish last season,.
Arsene Wenger was asked about returning to the club this week, but the Frenchman batted off the talk.
Now, according to Todo Fichajes, Arsenal are already making moves behind the scenes to replace the 39-year-old.
Firstly though the Spanish source are far from a reputable outlet, so the latest talk could well be make believe.
But they report that former Chelsea boss “Antonio Conte was contacted a little over a week ago” after Arsenal’s first two Premier League defeats.
The outlet say the experienced coach has “already closed a preliminary agreement” with Arsenal.
Conte departed the San Siro after falling out with Inter over the financial constraints that their owners were imposing.
He has since taken up a job as a pundit for an Italian TV channel.
With the deadline purportedly imposed by Conte, he could be in charge at The Emirates against Brighton on October 2.
Conte was one of the candidates to take over at Everton before Rafa Benitez was handed the reins in June.
Between 2016/18, the 52-year-old was in charge of Chelsea and won their Premier League and the FA Cup.