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The Gunners are in the hunt for a new manager after the Frenchman confirmed plans to step aside and end his 22-year reign in North London when the current campaign ends, with Enrique said to be among their top targets.
According to The Mirror, the Spaniard is said to be seeking £15m a year in earnings after tax – the equivalent to a gross salary of £25m and significantly more than Wenger’s £8m annual salary.
Enrique is also said to have flummoxed the Arsenal hierarchy with his demands for a transfer kitty of around £200m to spend on new signings should he take over at the Emirates.
The Arsenal hierarchy are now likely to move on to other targets – ideally a younger candidate whom they can pay less than Wenger – and have identified Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and former players Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira as possibilities.