Sky Sports have verified reports that Arsenal are looking at Liverpool’s assistant manager Zeljko Buvac as a potential candidate to replace Arsene Wenger.
It emerged on Monday that the Bosnian took a leave of absence from Liverpool for “personal reasons”, just days before the Reds’ semi-final, second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Roma.
Buvac has worked with Klopp for the last 17 years, but some reports have suggested that the 56-year-old has decided to quit Merseyside for good with Sky in Germany reporting that Klopp and Buvac have fallen out and that the Bosnian is currently in Mainz.
Pravda BL in Bosnia, who broke the news in 2015 that Buvac was joining Klopp at Liverpool, claimed that all had been agreed with Arsenal for him to take over as their new manager in the summer.
And now Sky claim Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat wants Buvac to replace Wenger as manager.
“Sky Sports News understands Arsenal wish to appoint Wenger’s successor as soon as possible after the season closes – with Mislintat championing Buvac, his former colleague at Borussia Dortmund.
“Mislintat believes a three-man structure incorporating himself, Buvac as head coach and Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football relations, is the best way to develop a successful long-term strategy at the Emirates,” report the broadcaster.