Luis Enrique's Demands Reportedly Caused Breakdown in Arsenal, Chelsea Talks

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 27: Coach Luis Enrique Martinez Garcia of FC Barcelona poses for photos with the trophy after winning the Copa Del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly both been put off hiring Luis Enrique as manager after meeting with the former Barcelona boss.

According to Marca's Jose Felix Diaz, talks between the Spaniard and the Blues broke down after initial optimism because of Enrique's personality and perceived "arrogance," while Arsenal did not like his demands about the building of the squad.

Per Diaz, a Chelsea source said: "There was no real feeling with him at any time."

Chelsea are preparing to replace Antonio Conte in the top job, with the Italian looking set to depart the club following Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester United.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Maurizio Sarri of Napoli previously looked to be the front-runner, but recent reports have indicated he is in talks to sign a new deal at the Serie A club, per Sky Sports News.

The Gunners, meanwhile, face the mammoth task of finding a successor for Arsene Wenger, who has stepped down after nearly 22 years in charge.

According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is the likely appointment.

Enrique has been unattached since departing Barca last summer having won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League, as well as the Copa del Rey three times, in his three-year spell at the helm.

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With a CV like that, it is no surprise Arsenal and Chelsea were initially interested, but clearly neither club felt Enrique was right for the job.