Arsenal line up Mikel Arteta as a replacement as Gunners fear Real Madrid boss could be poached at the end of the season
ARSENAL could target Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi if Real Madrid poach Mikel Arteta this summer.
La Liga leaders Gunners reportedly fear Real will go after Arteta while Barcelona rage towards La Liga glory.
Inter Milan are also said to be keen on Italian De Zerbi.
The ex-Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk manager, 43, has guided the Seagulls to sixth place in his first season in English football.
Turin-based outlet Tuttosport claim De Zerbi is Arsenal’s preferred option should they lose Arteta.
The Spaniard has lifted the Gunners by eight points in the Prem as they chase their first title since 2004, despite champions Manchester City having a game in hand.
De Zerbi would be an interesting choice after such limited experience in England
And many fans could point to Graham Potter’s failure after trading Brighton for Chelsea.
But the way De Zerbi has seemingly improved the Seagulls since Potter’s departure has attracted many admirers across Europe.
And Inter could well have a vacancy this summer.
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Boss Simone Inzaghi is under pressure after slipping to fourth in Serie A.
But Inter go into their Italian Cup semi-final home game against Juventus with a 1-1 draw.
And more importantly, they are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and they meet Benfica this month.