Pep Guardiola wants to make Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta part of his coaching set-up at Manchester City.
Incoming City boss Guardiola has sounded out Arteta – the two are friends after both coming through Barcelona’s famous academy – who is regarded as having a bright future as a manager.
Arteta, 34, who is now fully fit after injury, is expected to retire as a player at the end of the season, and has been preparing for the future by taking his badges and working at the Gunners’ academy.
Former Rangers and Everton star Arteta is also close to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and there could be coaching options there.
He has said Pochettino is “like a father” to him from their time together at Paris Saint-Germain, where the midfielder was sent on loan by Barca as a teenager.
It is unlikely Arteta will stay at Arsenal in a coaching capacity, even though manager Arsene Wenger has said he has a big future in the game.
There are also doubts over whether the Gunners’ academy director Andries Jonker will stay at the club after this summer.
Arsenal are spending big on recruiting for the academy and improving facilities, but Jonker has not proved to be universally popular.
They recently brought back legendary midfielder Liam Brady as a club ambassador, but also to oversee loans for young players.