Barcelona could target Mikel Arteta with Arsenal boss on presidential candidate’s list of targets

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Arteta is one of Joan Laporta’s targets if Koeman leaves (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is among the list of managerial targets for Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta should Ronald Koeman depart at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.

Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa are vying for control at the Camp Nou will elections set to be held on March 8.

Koeman replaced Ernesto Valverde as Barca head coach last summer and while Laporta, who is seeking a second term club as club president, has publicly backed the Dutchman, Arteta is among a list of possible alternatives should he leave his post at the end of the season.

RAC1 report Arteta could be an option due to his affinity with the club and given his tutelage under club legend Pep Guardiola.

It was Laporta who gave Guardiola the opportunity to take the reins at Barcelona back in 2008 with Arteta, who worked under the current Manchester City boss for over three years, seen as a possible solution to recreate that era.

Joan Laporta, Candidate To FC Barcelona Chairman
Laporta seeking a return to power at the Camp Nou (Picture: Getty)

Arteta is also a graduate of the club’s La Masia academy.

Barcelona currently sit second in La Liga, five points adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid having played a game more.

The club are facing the possibility of elimination from both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in the coming weeks.

A 4-1 hammering at home at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain leaves their European hopes hanging by a threat while they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sevilla in the first leg of their semi-final cup tie in February, with the return leg scheduled this week.

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