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Sergio Conceicao and Mikel Arteta on PSG radar as managerial search continues

Sergio Conceicao and Mikel Arteta on PSG radar as managerial search continues

Paris Saint-Germain have ramped up their search for a new manager after their recent setback in negotiations with priority candidate Julian Nagelsmann.

According to RMC Sport, the record Ligue 1 champions have added Porto manager Sergio Conceicao and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to their extensive shortlist.

Conceicao has enjoyed enormous success in the Portuguese top flight since joining Porto and has just one year left on his current deal with the Dragons.

The 48-year-old manager is reportedly open to joining PSG after being tempted by the project at the Parc des Princes.

His representative Jorge Mendes is expected to meet with the Les Parisiens hierarchy in Paris this weekend to thrash out a potential deal.

Conceicao has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Porto recently, with Napoli and Juventus previously touted as potential destinations for the highly-rated Portuguese tactician.

However, the Serie A champions have appointed Rudi Garcia as their new boss following Luciano Spalletti’s departure, while Juventus have opted to stick with Massimiliano Allegri in the dugout after a topsy-turvy campaign.

PSG are in the driving seat to sign Conceicao, but the French giants are open to other options, including Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta following his dramatic rise to prominence in the Premier League.

The Spanish manager led the Gunners to a second-place finish in the English top flight but also ensured that Champions League football will return to the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta has reportedly been in contact with PSG sporting director Luis Campos in recent weeks, but it is unclear if those conversations led to a contract proposal.

The 41-year-old manager is settled in London and optimistic about mounting another title charge next season.

He is set to be heavily backed by the Arsenal board this summer, so a potential move away at this point could be far-fetched.

PSG still hold an interest in Bologna head coach and former player Thiago Motta who is highly rated in the Italian top flight, while Luis Enrique is also in the mix for the vacant role.

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