Manager-less Arsenal will hold talks with club’s former captain Mikel Arteta on Thursday about becoming their new manager, Skysports reports.
Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger and if appointed, he would be handed a transfer budget in the region of £50m this summer.
The Arsenal executives, who are responsible for choosing the new manager, are also to hold talks on Thursday.
They are expected to include chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
According to the report, Gazidis wants the successful candidate to fulfil a head coach role to fit into the club’s new management structure.
Arteta, who is assistant coach at Manchester City, will be allowed to leave by Pep Guardiola should the 36-year-old be offered the Arsenal job.
It is understood that the Spaniard will be allowed to bring in his own backroom staff.
Arsenal want to make an appointment before the World Cup begins next month.
Arteta played for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016. He became the club captain in 2014.