Current Arsenal manager and former Rangers star Mikel Arteta will reportedly be a candidate to take over as Barcelona manager in the summer, should Joan Laporta win the club’s imminent presidential election [RAC1].

Arteta spent two full seasons at Ibrox between 2002 and 2004, winning a league title and a league cup.

Arteta in Old Firm action for Rangers at Celtic Park in 2003. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

He then returned to Spain for a brief stint at Real Sociedad before becoming a Premier League star with Everton and Arsenal.

The classy midfielder moved into coaching after his retirement from playing and served as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City before being appointed as Arsenal boss in 2019.

He guided the Gunners to an FA Cup win last season but it’s been a disappointing 2020/21 campaign so far for the North London club, who are currently tenth in the Premier League table.

That doesn’t seem to have reduced his appeal to Barcelona presidential candidate Laporta, though.

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That’s because RAC1 radio station have reported that Arteta is on a shortlist of candidates to take over at the Camp Nou, should Laporta win the upcoming election.

Ronald Koeman is the current Barça boss, but given that the Catalan club were recently humiliated by PSG in the Champions League and are struggling for consistency in La Liga, it’s thought that a managerial change could follow the election.

Joan Laporta, Candidate To FC Barcelona Chairman

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta is reportedly considering former Rangers star Arteta as the club’s next manager. (Photo by Albert Llop/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The report suggests that, should Koeman be sacked at the end of the season, Arteta and Barcelona legend Xavi would both be candidates to take over.

Arteta started his career at Barça, while his time served under Guardiola, who Laporta appointed as manager during his first spell as president between 2003 and 2010, could work in his favour.

The former Ger’s potential competitor for the role, Xavi, is currently the manager of runaway Qatar Stars League leaders Al-Sadd.

Meanwhile, a Rangers flop with a reported £52m buyout clause is continuing his blistering form in Spain.

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