Arsene Wenger, already a wealthy man, turned down a completely mind-blowing amount of money from an unnamed Chinese club to stay at Arsenal through the end of this season.
Matt Law, of the Telegraph, is reporting that - hold on to your seat - Wenger turned his nose at a £30 million/year contract from China that would have tripled his own salary and doubled Pep Guardiola’s salary at Manchester City - currently the highest in the world.
While Wenger turned down the offer from China, Law indicates that sources close to the club are getting more anxious by the day that he will walk away after the season commences, and that if he does leave, that Real Madrid is thought to be the club Wenger prefers to join.
There are many implications with this offer and its subsequent refusal, but for all of his warts that are visible to Arsenal supporters on a weekly basis it’s very clear - crystal, perhaps - that Wenger is still highly respected and wanted around the world, and that Wenger will not chase the money if the project doesn’t fit his wants and needs in a club.
More to come, as always. In the meantime, I’m going to attempt to manage putting myself in the shoes of a person who turns down that kind of money.