Arsene Wenger refused to respond to speculation that he could become the next coach of Real Madrid if Florentino Perez wins the presidential elections in June, according to The Sun.
The Arsenal manager has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish giants, with the only sticking point said to be the amount of control he would be given over club matters.
With the pressure growing at the Emirates on him to bring silverware back to the club, the offer of a mega-salary and a huge budget for players is said to be tempting him.
Madrid have had a torrid season as they have chalked up an impressive run of results, however, they have still lagged some way behind rivals Barcelona in style and in points.
Now Perez has announced that he will officially stand in the elections to regain the presidency he relinquished in 2006 and he is said to have Wenger on his wanted list.
Asked about the interest from Madrid this week, Wenger chose not to react: “I’m completely focused on Saturday’s game with Manchester United," he is quoted as saying by The Sun.
Reports in Spain suggest that Wenger could be tempted by Perez, but only if he was given complete control of which players were bought and sold by the club as well as being in charge of other areas like he is at Arsenal.
Although that may be a sticking point, if the presidential candidate could persuade the Frenchman to make the move this summer then his tag as favourite to win the vote would be assured.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com