TAKING THE MIK
Mikel Arteta is on a shortlist of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman as Barcelona boss, according to reports in Spain.
The LaLiga giants look likely to miss out on silverware this season, which could cost the Dutch coach his job.
Presidential elections taking place at the end of the week will play a huge role in the direction of the club.
According to Catalan radio station RAC1, frontrunner Joan Laporta has added Arteta to his list of potential new coaches.
Barcelona legend Xavi, currently managing Qatari league leaders Al Sadd, is thought to be the preferred option for the dugout.
But Laporta is yet to decide whether or not to stick with Koeman, who will at least be given until the end of the season if the 58-year-old is elected.
The lawyer and former Catalan parliament member held the role from 2003 to 2010, famously appointing Pep Guardiola as boss and heralding Barcelona’s most successful era.