PSG 'confident' Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal this summer

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti linked with Real Madrid

Soon-to-be Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are confident they have persuaded Arsène Wenger to end his 17-year stay at Arsenal according to a report today.

PSG are convinced Wenger will leave north London in the summer of 2014, when his contract with the Gunners expires, to oversee the next phase of their ambitious project. But the Qatari owners are adamant that Wenger will come to Paris this summer instead, The Telegraph reports.

PSG currently lead Marseille by nine points in the French championship with four games still to play and can seal their first league title since 1994 this weekend at the Parc des Princes against Valenciennes.

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to leave this summer and has been linked with Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho returns to London and Manchester City if they decide to replace his countryman Roberto Mancini.

Le Parisien has reported that Wenger will meet PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and director of football Leonardo to discuss terms.

The Qatari-owned club, who are closing in on their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years, recently claimed not to have made an offer for Wayne Rooney but Leonardo did admit that Samir Nasri and Yohan Cabaye are on their radar.

"I've never heard anything about Rooney or [Napoli striker Edinson] Cavani. I do not rule out big signings,” said the Brazilian.

"The idea of seeing the great French players here is something I like. I'm not necessarily talking about [Real Madrid forward Karim] Benzema, but maybe Nasri, [Bayern Munich midfielder Franck] Ribéry or Cabaye. But I do not know if it is feasible and I have not had contact with any of them."

PSG concluded the biggest business of the last transfer window after completing the signing of former Manchester United target Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo in a €45million deal.

The French side spent over €100m on Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti, Gregory van der Wiel and Ibrahimovic during the summer transfer window.

PSG have spent over €200m since they were taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The new owners immediately signalled their intentions to make the Parisian outfit a European giant by breaking the French transfer record with the €42m acquisition of Javier Pastore from Palermo.

Arsenal are fighting to finish in the top four but are 21 points behind the champions, Manchester United. They went out of the Capital One Cup after an embarrassing defeat against Bradford City and exited the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers. Bayern Munich ended their European hopes despite Arsenal winning the second leg 2-0 in Germany.

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