Mikel Arteta is close to signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at Arsenal and will be given the privilege to appoint his assistant.
Spaniard Arteta is hoping to be announced Unai Emery’s successor after City’s Carabao Cup quarter game against Oxford United.The club has allowed their former skipper to name his own assistant-manager, and it is because of that that he will turn to Rodolfo Borrell.
The 48 year old Borrel has the reputation of nurturing Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Andreas Iniesta at Barcelona, having been their first coach at the Nou Camp.
Before becoming Pep Gaurdiala’s assistant the Etihad, Borrell had been at the Anflied with Rafa Benitez when he worked as the Technical Director and Head of Coaching at Liverpool Fc Academy.
If Arteta goes after Borrell it could anger Guardiola and City even more after pictures of Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy leaving Arteta’s house on Monday did rounds in social media.
City felt sidelined by the approach employed by Arsenal and will demand a seven digit fee to release Arteta from his contract owing to the fact that City had earmarked him to succeed Guardiola who has along contract at Etihad.
Arteta will travel with the citizens for their clash with Oxford on Wednesday. Guardiola has stated that he is not aware about the latest developments he admitted his assistant is engaged in ‘some talks’.