According to reports in Italy, Beppe Marotta has been approached by Arsenal about taking over from Ivan Gazidis as the club’s CEO.
The 61-year-old announced five days ago that after a trophy-laden eight-year stint as CEO at Juventus he’ll be relinquishing his position at the end of October.
“The club is carrying out an extensive renewal,” Marotta explained in a statement on Juve’s website after the win over Napoli.
“My mandate as chief executive comes to an end on 25 October and the list of board members, which will be presented on Monday, will not contain my name.
“For the time being I will remain in place as chief executive but I wanted to make this statement in order to avoid any speculation. I will assess my position along with the club president in the coming days. I’ve had eight wonderful years here, full of success, and Juventus will always remain in my heart.”
Tuttosport claims that the Gunners tried to steal a march on other suitors by tabling a €3.5 million a year offer. It’s not clear if that’s a pre-tax salary or not. If it’s post-tax, that would outstrip Ivan who was on £2.6 million plus his bonus.
The report claims that Marotta, who has overseen seven Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia trophies, three Italian Super Cups and two trips the Champions League Final, has weighed up taking a sabbatical but would rather dive straight into another project where he can make use of his considerable expertise.
For all Arsenal’s efforts, early indications are that Marotta is more likely to follow Gazidis to the San Siro. Whether that’s to Inter or AC Milan, remains to be seen; apparently, they both want him (How many CEOs do AC need?!). Moreover, the likes of Roma, Napoli and Manchester United are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation.
Basically, Marotta is a man in high demand and it sounds like we’re far from being favourites to snap him up. Still, it’s interesting that we’re putting feelers out for a specialist in football rather than giving the gig to Josh Kroenke straight off the bat.
A couple of weeks ago, Arsenal took the first step towards filling the impending Gazidis void by giving Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham increased responsibility and new job titles.