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Ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique stalling on Chelsea offer as he eyes Arsenal job

Spaniard is the Blues' number one choice to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer

Luis Enrique is reportedly stalling on accepting the Chelsea job while he waits to see if Arsene Wenger stays at Arsenal.

The former Barcelona boss is top of the Blues’ shortlist to replace unsettled Antonio Conte in the summer.


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Luis Enrique is stalling on the Chelsea job as he waits to see if the Arsenal one comes up

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Luis Enrique is stalling on the Chelsea job as he waits to see if the Arsenal one comes up

But The Star claim the Spaniard is reluctant to commit his future to Stamford Bridge in the hope the Gunners come calling.

Enrique, 46, is taking a year off after leaving the Nou Camp last year.

He spent three seasons in charge of Barca and won La Liga twice plus the Champions League in 2015.

Wenger’s future was put under the spotlight again towards the end of last month after consecutive heavy defeats to Manchester City in the EFL Cup Final and Premier League.


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Luis Enrique is the Blues' No1 choice to replace Antonio Conte

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Luis Enrique is the Blues’ No1 choice to replace Antonio Conte

The Spaniard is waiting to see if Arsene Wenger remains in charge at Arsenal

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The Spaniard is waiting to see if Arsene Wenger remains in charge at Arsenal

That led to Emirates chiefs discussing potential replacements for the long-serving Frenchman.

However, Wenger has since lifted some of that pressure by guiding them to victory over AC Milan and into the Europa League quarter-finals.

And if he can lead them to glory in that competition and secure qualification for the Champions League then he looks set to stay.

Antonio Conte is expected to leave Chelsea this summer

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Antonio Conte is expected to leave Chelsea this summer

The Star’s report claims that Enrique would prefer to make his return to the dug-out with the Gunners.

And that he is wary of Chelsea’s reputation for sacking managers.

Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be interested in bringing him to the French capital.

The Ligue 1 giants have been linked with a move for Conte too.