Although he's under contract until the end of next season, Quique Setien's long-term future as FC Barcelona manager could change depending on his performance in the Champions League. There was even talk of Setien being replaced before the competition returned when Barça fell short in their task of retaining LaLiga.
Lionel Messi's one-on-one chat with Setien reinforced the club's belief that no changes would be made before the Champions League restarted.
It's one of football's worst kept secrets that Xavi Hernandez will take over at the Camp Nou when he feels ready to. Until then, a stop-gap - or temporary - coach might well be needed.
Laurent Blanc was offered this role by his new agent Jorge Mendes. According to 'Le10sports', Barça also spoke to Arsene Wenger about replacing Setien.
The same outlet claims Wenger, who spent 22 seasons at Arsenal, turned down the proposal as he wasn't convinced by the project or his role at the club.
Wenger is open to a return to the dugout but would need a project which excites him to do that. "I don't want to do things by halves. If the right opportunity presents itself, I'll do it, but if not, I won't."