Massimiliano Allegri is all set to part ways with Serie A champions Juventus at the end of the season, as per reports.
Italian publication Calciomercato have revealed that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will be parting ways with the Serie A champions at the end of the season. This has put Arsenal and, surprisingly, Tottenham Hotspur on red alert as they weigh up a move for the Italian.
Massimiliano Allegri has been one of the most highly regarded managers in European football ever since he rose to prominence by winning the Serie A title with AC Milan. That league triumph was the club’s first in seven years and put Allegri among the best managers plying their trade in Italy.
And Allegri’s stock has only risen ever since his move to Juventus in 2014, with few managers being as successful and influential in Europe as the 49-year-old Italian tactician, guiding the Bianconeri to back-to-back Serie A and Coppa Italia triumphs, while also leading the side to a Champions League final appearance, winning one Super Coppa as well.
While Allegri has been highly successful in Turin, he has remained tight lipped about a possible move away from Juventus. Meanwhile, his counterpart in North London, Arsene Wenger, who Allegri has been tipped to replace at the helm at Arsenal has still not committed to a contract renewal with the Gunners.
And in recent weeks, the pressure has been mounting on Wenger with Arsenal losing ground on the Premier League title race for yet another season, after consecutive defeats to Watford and Chelsea. With an increasingly hostile environment at the Emirates Stadium, there is a growing feeling that this could be Wenger’s last season with Arsenal.
With little clarity on Wenger’s future at Arsenal beyond the current season, several managers have been linked with the job at the Emirates Stadium, with the likes Eddie Howe, Diego Simeone and Ralph Hasenhuttl all rumoured to be on the club’s shortlist of replacement.
However, according to Calciomercato’s report it is Allegri who is on top of that replacements shortlist. The fact that the Juventus boss is keen to make a move to Arsenal has previously been reported, and he could now get one step closer to the Arsenal job as he is set to depart from Turin at the end of the season.
This was after Allegri sat down with the Juventus hierarchy in January to discuss his plans for the future. Allegri remained non-committal, the two parties decided to part ways, a season before his contract expires with the Bianconeri.
Allegri will bring definitive title-winning pedigree, with his successes at Juventus speaking for themselves. With Arsenal regularly faltering to compete for major honours in recent years, the Italian could be just the man to bring the glory days back to the Emirates Stadium.
The report, however, adds that Arsenal aren’t the only club keeping an eye on Allegri, with Tottenham Hotspur the other outfit in the fray. Barcelona are said to be chasing Mauricio Pochettino, and so Tottenham are on the ready to hire Allegri if the Argentine moves to Spain.
However, as reported several times Arsenal is on the mind of Allegri, and if the job at the Emirates Stadium does open up in the summer we could well see the 49-year-old move to England in the summer.