Unai Emery is reportedly a rumoured contender to become Barcelona’s next manager should Ernesto Valverde be sacked this week, despite his mixed first season with Arsenal.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reportedly in contention to succeed Ernesto Valverde as the next manager of Barcelona.
Valverde’s future has been called into question following a run of three losses in five matches to conclude the 2018-19 campaign, including defeats in the Champions League semi-final and the Copa del Rey final.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu will make an announcement in the coming days, with his decision possibly being determined by the strength of the candidates available to replace the 55-year-old.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is rumoured to be the surprise leading contender to take charge at Camp Nou should Barcelona bring an end to Valverde’s two-year tenure, while Emery is also being considered, despite a mixed first campaign at Arsenal.
Departing Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman and Laurent Blanc, formerly of Paris Saint-Germain, are the other rumoured names in the frame.
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