Roberto Mancini has had several offers since leaving Inter less than two weeks ago, but reports in Italy suggest that he is holding out to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Mancini guided the Nerazzurri to a fourth place finish in Serie A last season, but his position at the club became shaky due to multiple rows with Inter’s new owners Suning Holdings.
The ex-Manchester City boss left the San Siro by mutual cosent at the beginning of August, replaced by Frank de Boer just days later, and was at one point tipped to become the latest prominent football figure to join the Chinese Super League. Hebei China Fortune have reportedly made the most concrete offer thus far.
SportItalia reporter Alfredo Pedullà has, however, claimed that Mancini will reject all offers to return to football immediately, from both China and Europe, as he bides his time.
The report makes the claim that he is prepared to wait until the Arsenal job becomes available, if and when that happens. Mancini enjoyed his time in England, winning the Premier league title with Man City in 2012, and he apparently sees his managerial future in the Premier League once more.
That being said, neither Wenger nor Arsenal have even hinted that the job will become available – but as of now the 66-year-old is entering into the final year of his contract.
He may yet sign a new deal, in fact one would think that this would be the more likely outcome, but the possibility does linger that he may decide to leave the role at the end of the season after more than two decades at the club.
In any event, Mancini’s interest in the job is a guarantee of nothing – only Wenger himself will decide when the time is right to leave Arsenal, and it certainly won’t be before the end of the season.