Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Everton manager Ronald Koeman should current boss Arsene Wenger leave the club in the summer, according to The Mirror.
67-year-old Wenger is embarking on his 21st season in charge of the Gunners, but has yet to sign a new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium – an offer that has reportedly been on the table for some time.
Thus, the Arsenal hierarchy are taking steps to ensure that, should Wenger decide to end his tenure in North London in the summer, they are ready to get a replacement through the door quickly ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
And one name that has been linked with the post is Everton boss Koeman, who has been mightily impressive since his arrival in English football with Southampton back in 2014.
The Dutchman, formerly a player of Barcelona, Ajax, and PSV, guided the Saints to seventh place in his first season in charge at St Mary’s, before going one better the campaign after by finishing sixth in the Premier League, and in turn qualifying for the Europa League.
However, Merseyside outfit Everton snapped him up last summer following the departure of boss Roberto Martinez, and he has made a steady but improving start to life at Goodison Park, with the Toffees currently seventh in the Premier League.
Clearly, Koeman has impressed many around Europe, with Barcelona also linked to their former centre-back given that manager Luis Enrique will leave the club in the summer.
If Wenger is to step down at the end of the campaign, the Gunners will have to act fast to get Koeman in place ahead of the Spanish giants.