Pep Guardiola identifies replacement for assistant – coach could make Arsenal switch

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is interested in bringing back former assistant manager Domenec Torrent, should Mikel Arteta take the vacant permanent managerial position role at Arsenal, according to the Sun.

Arteta is reportedly named on a 12-man shortlist to replace the recently departed Unai Emery, and the former Arsenal midfielder is claimed be interested in taking up the position. Pep Guardiola has previously stated that he would ‘not stand in the way‘ of Arteta, if his wish was to depart for the Gunners. However, the feeling around the club is that they want him to stay until the end of the season.

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If Arteta was to leave, Domenec Torrent has been rumoured as Guardiola’s preference on who replaces the Spaniard as his number two. Torrent has previously worked with Guardiola at all three of his major managerial roles – Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Torrent left Manchester City at the start of last season to take up a role as head coach of CFG-owned New York City, who finished at the top of the MLS table, but were beaten in the first play-off round by Toronto. Following the disappointment, Torrent left by mutual consent and is now currently without a job.

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If Pep Guardiola was to bring Torrent back to Manchester City, he will have the benefit of knowing the squad he previously spent two years with prior to his departure for the United States.


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