Arsenal are reportedly holding early talks with Brazil manager Tite over the possibility that he joins from the 2023/24 season onwards.

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL: Head coach Tite gestures during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex on March 22, 2022. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL: Head coach Tite gestures during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad’s Granja Comary training complex on March 22, 2022. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

In one of the more bizarre reports of the international break so far, Brazilian journalist Eric Faria claimed negotiations were underway for Brazil manager Tite to join Arsenal.

Globo Esporte report that Edu Gaspar is leading the pursuit of the Brazil boss, with the intention of bringing him in after the World Cup.

Talks are underway between Edu and Tite’s camp, though they’re still at an early stage right now. If Tite did join, it would be from the 2023/24 season.

This is rather out of the blue, particularly while things are actually going well for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

Perhaps a rumour like this might have made sense in the early stages of last season, but with Arsenal in the top four, the timing seems a little odd.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds at the end of the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London on March 6, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds at the end of the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London on March 6, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

There’s always a chance that Arteta decides not to extend his contract with Arsenal, in which case the club would obviously need to have other options ready.

But that seems like the kind of thing they would only need to prepare for if and when talks with Arteta go south in the summer. They’d still have a full year after that to make alternative arrangements.

For the time being, there’s no indication Arsenal need to scramble to appoint someone for the summer of 2023, as it looks like Arteta will still be in the job.

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