Wenger set for surprise return to management in the Premier League this summer

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been offered to Newcastle United as a potential candidate to replace Rafa Benitez, according to reports.

Benitez’s current contract with Newcastle is due to expire next month and no agreement over a new deal has been reached.

‘I was talking to Lee Charnley [Newcastle’s managing director] this week, we will continue talking and let you know as soon as we have more news,’ Benitez said recently.

‘I am positive that we are talking and everybody knows what is my idea. At least we can move forward a little bit.

‘I would like to see this club growing and growing, and going where I think it deserves to be.’

According to Chronicle Live, several agents have been offering managers to Newcastle in the event that Benitez does leave St James’ Park.

And the report claims that one agent who has ‘strong links’ with Wenger has been in contact with Newcastle to gauge whether there is an interest in appointing the former Arsenal boss as Benitez’s successor.

It’s claimed that the agent in question believes he can ‘sell’ the idea to Wenger, although the 69-year-old is not involved in talks at the moment.

Wenger, who stepped down at Arsenal at the end of last season, had claimed that he would return to football this year.

But despite being heavily linked with a behind-the-scenes role at Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger remains without a club and continues to do occasional punditry work for beIN Sports.

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