Everton chiefs want Arsene Wenger to take over from Sam Allardyce as the next manager at Goodison Park, according to reports.
Wenger recently revealed he has been inundated with job offers since announcing he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.
And, according to The Sun, one of the clubs chasing the 68-year-old Frenchman is Premier League rivals Everton.
It is claimed the Toffees’ majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is willing to match Wenger’s £8million-a-year Arsenal salary to tempt him to Merseyside.
Allardyce has just over a year left on the 18-month deal he signed to take charge at Goodison in January.
The former England boss has steadied the ship since his appointment, lifting the club out of the relegation mire and up into eighth in the Premier League table.
But supporters have been unhappy with the team’s style of play this season and have repeatedly called for Allardyce to leave.
It is claimed Everton have already identified his replacement in Wenger, but it appears the Toffees may have a fight on their hands with a number of other clubs keen on the experienced and decorated Frenchman.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain reportedly want Wenger to become their new director of football under soon-to-be-appointed head coach Thomas Tuchel, while he has also been linked with a return to former club Monaco to replace Leonardo Jardim.
Meanwhile, both FIFA and UEFA are reportedly exploring the possibility of recruiting Wenger’s wealth of experience in some capacity next season.
Wenger recently addressed his future after Arsenal and insisted he has no plans to retire just yet.
“what is for sure it that I will continue to be active,” said the legendary Gunners coach.
“My brain demands work and I have a huge experience of football and people management.
“What will I do next? I don’t know yet. But I will work.
“I like green grass and I like to walk on it every morning. I don’t know if I’ll continue to do that in my next job, but it’s possible.”