Arsenal Wenger offered record contract by Chinese Super League club

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger attends a press conference at London Colney on April 25, 2018 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has received an enormous contract offer from China that would make him the highest paid manager in the world, according to reports.

The Frenchman announced his decision to leave the Emirates at the end of the season after a 22-year reign last week, and there had been suggestions that he would move behind-the-scenes into a director of football role at PSG.

But Wenger is still fit and healthy and eager to remain in management, and The Mirror report he has been inundated with offers – the biggest of which comes from China.

Arsene Wenger offered record-breaking contract that will QUADRUPLE Arsenal salary
Lippi will take charge of China at the World Cup in Russia this summer (Picture: Getty)

The unnamed Super League club have already told Wenger that they will pay him more than the £24m-a-year deal Marcello Lippi currently takes home.

Lippi, who spent two years in charge of Guangzhou Evergrande before becoming manager of the Chinese national team, is the highest-paid coach in the world, with the Premier League’s highest earner, Pep Guardiola, some way behind on £16m.

Wenger, who earns £8m a year at Arsenal, is believed to be weighing up the offer but would rather hold out and wait for an approach from a club in France or Spain.

The 68-year-old’s preference is to remain in Europe and wants to continue with day-to-day management, particularly at a club where he can lay foundations and help to grow.

Arsene Wenger offered record-breaking contract that will QUADRUPLE Arsenal salary
Wenger isn’t ready to give up coaching just yet and wants another project (Picture: Getty)

Wenger has overseen pre-season tours to China in the past with Arsenal and previously worked in the Far East, having joined the Gunners from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight.

He will travel to Manchester United for the last time on Sunday to take on old rival Jose Mourinho, though may pick a weakened XI as he prioritises Arsenal’s Europa League second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

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