Barcelona add Unai Emery to 4-man shortlist to replace Enersto Valerde

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Unai Emery is one of four candidates Barcelona are considering to replace Ernesto Valverde, according to reports.

Barcelona are weighing up their options after a bitterly disappointing end to the season and Valverde could leave his post as head coach.

Mundo Deportivo claim there are four managers in the frame for the job, including Arsenal boss Emery.

The Spaniard has only been at Arsenal for a year, but is seen as a knockout football expert by the Barcelona hierachy.

Emery won the Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla and is in line for his fourth triumph in the competition after leading Arsenal to this year’s final.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the final on Wednesday and Barcelona are desperate to improve their recent showings in the Champions League.

Liverpool dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League this season at the semi-final stage by overturning a three-goal deficit in the second leg.

Roma inflicted a similarly painful defeat on Barcelona last year and the La Liga champions are considering whether their best option might be to axe Valverde.

Emery joins former Everton boss Roberto Martinez, ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman on the four-man shortlist.

Koeman is a former Barcelona player, while Allegri has proven himself an elite manager in the last five years at Juventus.

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