Ligue 1 giants believe Wenger has agreed to swap the Emirates Stadium for the Parc des Princes.
PSG are ‘confident’ of appointing Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger as their new manager this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph’s chief football writer Paul Hayward.
The mega-rich Ligue 1 leaders have reportedly informed current head-coach Carlo Ancelotti that he will not be staying in Paris – with the Italian tipped to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid – and the club’s owners are confident that Wenger will leave Arsenal after 17 years in charge.
The Frenchman’s deal at the Emirates Stadium expires in summer 2014 and PSG are said to be sure that Wenger will leave the channel 12 months early but in their ‘least optimistic scenario’ he will arrive next summer.
Wenger will reportedly meet PSG owners next week but the 63-year-old once again reiterated this week that he will see out his deal in north London.
Asked about the rumours from his homeland following the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, Wenger replied: “First of all I don’t know too much about what’s been said about me. Then I’m concentrating on the next game and the next season. At the end of my contract I’ll see what I can do. I’ve always respected my contracts. I can’t see at my age why that should change.”
The Gunners are currently locked in a fierce battle with London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea for a place in the Premier League top four – a fine achievement in itself given they trailed Spurs by seven points on March 3.
But this season is the eighth consecutive campaign without a trophy for the Gunners, while the club crashed out of both domestic cups to Football League opposition.
Even if the club can secure Champions League football, Wenger may feel that the project at the Parc des Princes is too good to turn down.
Backed by Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG have assembled a star-studded squad including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore and David Beckham, and the chance of managing a genuine European superpower may prove hard to resist for Wenger.