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Italian said to be keen on taking over either at Arsenal or Tottenham

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Former Manchester City Roberto Mancini has emerged as the latest name to be interested in taking over at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger leaves the club in the summer.

Italian source Gazzamercato say the Italian is very keen on returning to manage in English football, and that he has set his sights on managing a London club.

Tottenham are also believed to be possible destination if Mauricio Pochettino is tempted to leave White Hart Lane to join Barcelona at the end of the season.

Gazzamercato say however that the Gunners may be slightly more likely, and they report that in preparation for Wenger leaving the Emirates when his contract expires, the club have already sounded out Mancini via intermediaries to see whether he would be interested in the role if it becomes available.

Whether the Italian would be genuinely in the running for the job, it is debatable. The Sun report that Arsenal have a four man shortlist currently if Wenger does depart. Juventus’s Max Allegri, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt are the ones named. Whether Mancini’s name will be added to this list it is not known.

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