According to reports, incredibly decorated Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti would like to replace Arsène Wenger when the manager is no longer in charge at Arsenal.

The Italian boss is taking a year off from coaching after he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season and, according to is keen on a move to north London when he does look for a new job.

Wenger currently has another 21 months to run on his Arsenal contract and has never broken a contract, but would he be willing to step aside ‘early’ if a top replacement came up?

Ancelotti has won the Champions League a record three times as a manager, twice with his beloved AC Milan before he clinched Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup in 2014. He’s tactically adept and used to the Premier League, where he led Chelsea to the title in his first season.

In fact, he won the double in his first Chelsea season before being sacked for ‘only’ finishing second the following year. Since he has won Ligue 1 with PSG and the Champions League with Real Madrid but now finds himself taking a break from the game.

Unlike other Chelsea bosses, Ancelotti has enjoyed a good relationship with Wenger and there’s no reason why anyone at Arsenal would be against his appointment. In fact, he was reportedly at the top of Arsenal’s list of potential Wenger replacements the last time the Frenchman was yet to sign an extension.

When the boss does leave there’s little doubt Arsenal will look for a big name replacement, someone who can take the pressure of the club. The level of footballing expertise on the board means an obvious appointment is likely, and Ancelotti would fall into that category.

The Italian has, despite a less than stellar domestic record, proven himself at the very highest level. Watch this space?