Updates from Sunday, May 11
#afc Wenger said: "Yes, I wish Monaco well, but there is no interest there."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 11, 2014
Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal has been thrust into the spotlight by a report that claims he has been offered a return to Monaco.
Wenger is in the final few weeks of his current contract, and no fresh deal has been agreed on as yet.
Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required) suggests French Ligue 1 side Monaco have attempted to take advantage of this uncertainty by making a move for Wenger.
Claudio Ranieri is in control of Monaco at present, but his future is shrouded in doubt. Irwin would appear to believe that former Chelsea boss Ranieri is on his way in the summer, as he claims Wenger has been offered the job at the Stade Louis II.
Wenger may not be the only man in Monaco's sights, as James Horncastle noted:
Wenger, Jorge Jesus, and Conte all have offers from Monaco if you read today’s papers. What happens if they all accept…— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) May 10, 2014
Wenger has a bond with Monaco, as he coached the club for seven years and led them to Ligue 1 title glory in 1988.
As well as the strong bond, Irwin claims a carrot of a £10 million-a-year tax-free salary has been dangled in front of Wenger.
Despite the ties with Monaco and huge offer, Wenger has a stronger bond with Arsenal. His side fell short in the title race this season, but there were a host of bright spots, and there have been strong indications that he will commit to at least one more season at the helm in North London.
The Mirror's John Cross, who has close ties with Arsenal, wrote on April 23 that Wenger would be staying at the club and had already set about a plan for a major summer recruitment drive.
As well as Cross' firm stance, Wenger has given weight to that claim with cryptic messages about his future.
Speaking earlier this month in reaction to a question about his future, Wenger said, per London24.com: "I’ve said many times my word is my word. I’m from a period where you didn’t need a pen to commit."
A huge tax-free offer would turn many heads, but the signs are suggesting Wenger will remain at the club.