Arsenal and Barcelona could go in a fight for Mikel Arteta next season

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal may have been handed a major boost ahead of the summer transfer window, with Barcelona unlikely to push to try and hire Mikel Arteta.

That’s according to Sport, who say that while the Basque coach is well thought of at Camp Nou,

Any move to make him Xavi’s successor is unlikely.

They explain that Arteta is liked at Barcelona and his work at Arsenal, as well as under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has not gone unnoticed and even ‘endorsed’ him.

The Blaugrana have thought about moving to try and make him their new manager

But the information they’ve received is that any departure would be ‘very complicated’.

That’s because Arteta is tied to Arsenal until 2025 and Barcelona have been informed he will not force an exit from the Emirates.

Arsenal manager has a choice to stay or leave the club

In fact, he has a renewal offer on the table and has made it known publicly that he would not be leaving in the summer.

They say ‘it would be strange’ if he were to back out of that, meaning it is very likely

He will be remaining at Arsenal and Barcelona will be looking elsewhere for their new manager.

Meanwhile, there is team news to be learned of with Thomas Partey returning to training. However, we await news of Declan Rice and Gabriel Magalhaes, who both came off against Crystal Palace with knocks.

Lastly, the final week of the January transfer window is upon us. Arteta is sure to be questioned whether we can expect the club to be active in trying to find reinforcements.

Kaya Kaynak and Tom Canton will be bringing all the updates as Mikel Arteta addresses the media from London Colney. Updates to follow.

With everything that happened yesterday it would be easy to forget that Mikel Arteta’s current Arsenal contract expires in 2025.

There are no talks over a new deal as yet, but Arteta admitted today that things like that happen “naturally”.

In case you missed it earlier, he said: “This is something that will happen naturally

When it happens if it has to happen.”

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