UNAI EMERY is on Barcelona’s four-man shortlist to replace Ernesto Valverde, according to reports.
The La Liga champs suffered a shocking drop in form in the last weeks of the season, putting their manager’s future in doubt.
Barcelona won the league title in impressive style, with an 11-point advantage over runners-up Atletico Madrid.
But May saw Valverde’s men squander a three-goal advantage in the Champions League semi-finals, resulting in an embarrassing Euro exit at the hands of Liverpool.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the Barca coach’s future at the Nou Camp was safe following the heart-breaking loss.
But Lionel Messi and Co then lost 2-1 to Valencia in the Spanish Cup final at the weekend, inevitably putting his job at risk.
And Mundo Deportivo report that Emery, 47, is on a shortlist to take over at the Nou Camp if the La Liga champs decide to drop the axe on their manager.
Ronald Koeman, Massimiliano Allegri and Roberto Martinez are the other three coaches the Catalans are believed to be looking at.
But the Gunners coach is reportedly held in high esteem by club chiefs.
Emery is considered to be an “elimination specialist” for his three consecutive Europa League triumphs with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016.
And he could take yet another scalp on Wednesday, when he will be guiding Arsenal in the Euro final against Chelsea in Baku.
He in fact led Paris Saint-Germain in the infamous Champions League tie against Barcelona in 2017 in which the Catalans pulled off a miraculous comeback, overcoming a four-goal deficit.
Barca beat the Parisians 6-1 at home to knock them out of Europe, but it is remembered Emery’s side battered them 4-0 at Parc des Princes.
Bartomeu has reportedly held emergency crisis meeting with Valverde,55 ,following the Copa del Rey loss, fuelling rumours over his future.
But it remains to be seen whether Emery would be interested in the job in the first place.
He has recently revealed he feels relaxed and happier at Arsenal than in his previous job at PSG, feeling entrusted with an exciting project rather than fighting for survival
Emery told El Mundo: “I would say [I feel] less pressured, nothing more.
“Here they make things easier for me. Arsenal is a very big club, but at the same time very close and affectionate.
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“Everyone is willing to help. Respect is the first word you feel.
“At Arsenal, I have the feeling, for the first time, of winning to build, not to survive.
“I feel the respect towards me even when we lose, but I want to ensure that the defeats hurt more, because it is a step to improve competitively.”