By Matt Barlow for MailOnline
Published: 00:40 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:47 GMT, 3 December 2019
Marcelino Garcia Toral is emerging as a candidate for a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Everton showing interest in a coach who transformed Valencia and led them back to the upper echelons of Spanish football.
It was Marcelino who took Valencia back into the Champions League and won the Copa del Rey last season, plotting the downfall of Barcelona in the final, only to be sacked in September after falling out with the club's owner Peter Lim.
His vast body of coaching work is Spain is known to be admired by Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi who spoke to him before the north London club settled on Unai Emery to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018.
Marcelino Garcia Toral is emerging as a candidate for a move to the Premier League
Sanllehi and director of football Edu have now launched their search for a successor to Emery who was dismissed last week.
Freddie Ljungberg has been installed as interim manager in the hope he will buy the club some time to interview some of their top targets, which are thought to include former captain and now Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
They are aware that it might be easier at the end of the season to persuade those