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Ex-Arsenal boss ‘Arsene Wenger makes approach to Dutch FA over taking charge of Netherlands to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman’

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Arsene Wenger has reportedly offered his services to the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as manager.

The Frenchman has been working for FIFA as head of global football development since his time as Arsenal boss ended in May 2018.

But Wenger has been teasing a return to the dugout since leaving The Gunners, and could now be set to try his hand at international level.

The domino effect began when Barcelona sacked Quique Setien on Monday just days after their dismal 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Koeman is now expected to take over the reins at the Nou Camp, turning his back on the Netherlands national team in the process.

The former Southampton and Everton boss successfully led Netherlands to next summers European Championships, as well as the final of the UEFA Nations League, but the lure of taking charge of the Spanish giants seems to have proved too attractive too turn down.

Koeman spent six years with Barcelona as a player and has previously made no secret of his desire to step into the hot seat.

Now Fox Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen reports that Wenger has immediately put himself forward as a candidate to succeed Koeman as Netherlands’ boss.

If accepted Wenger would be in charge for their Euro 2021 campaign instead of Koeman, where they could come up against his native France or even England.

Speaking about the possibility of returning to management just this month, Wenger, 70, told Europe 1 : “Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life.

“I’m 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health? I can’t do things by halves, so I ask myself this question.”

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