Breaking: Juventus prepare to replace Arsenal target Massimiliano Allegri

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Is Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri heading to Arsenal?

The rush to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager continues with it effectively becoming a two-horse race on Monday.

A number of reliable sources (including the BBC’s David Ornstein) have revealed that Arsenal are now preparing to appoint either ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, or Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.

It is a big week for Allegri, with Juventus playing in the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan on Wednesday night. The Old Lady also need just one more point to retain the Scudetto.

Allegri is now the favourite for the Arsenal role, with the Italian reportedly keen on a move to England with just one year left on his deal at Juventus.

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

Who will replace Allegri at Juventus?

As a result of all the speculation, Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport are now speculating as to who will take over from Allegri at The Old Lady.

So far, Juventus have publicly said Allegri will stay and that there are no plans to look for a successor.

However, Tuttosport believe this to be untrue and list a number of candidates.

These include current Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, who has impressed in the Italian capital.

Didier Deschamps or Zinedine Zidane to return to Juventus?

Also mentioned are Diego Simeone and Didier Deschamps, both of whom have experience in Serie A, the latter played for Juventus.

Juventus’ dream scenario is Zinedine Zidane, but even if Real Madrid lose the Champions League final it seems likely Zizou will keep his job at the Bernabeu.

Other names mentioned by Tuttosport are Paulo Sousa, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and current FC Porto manager Sergio Conceicao.

It looks like being a very busy summer in Turin!

Related: Thierry Henry blasted for disrespecting departing Arsenal boss Wenger.

Juventus CEO speaks out over future of Arsenal target Allegri.

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Juventus defender set to join Borussia Dortmund

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juve.jpgAccording to German outlet Bild, Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner will join Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Consummate professional

Lichtsteiner, a 34-year-old Swiss right-back, has been on the books of Juve since the summer of 2011, when he joined the club from fellow Serie A outfit Lazio.

And the ‘Swiss Express’ has since gone on to establish himself as an absolute icon in Turin, with his lung-busting, never-say-die performances up and down the right flank for the Bianconeri having proven absolutely crucial to both the domestic and European successes of the Italian outfit over the last 7 seasons.

All in all, Lichtsteiner has gone on to rack up over 250 appearances over the course of his stint at the Juventus Stadium, collecting 6 Serie A titles (with another on the way), 3 Coppa Italias (with the final of this year’s competition still to play), as well as reaching a pair of Champions League finals.

On the move

Despite his hero status in Turin, though, Lichtsteiner’s powers have begun to wane over recent seasons, with the 93-time capped Swiss international no longer considered as first-choice in Max Allegri’s squad.

As such, it had long been expected that the veteran stopper would depart the club this summer, with Lichtsteiner having confirmed exactly that over the weekend, following Juve’s 3-1 victory over Bologna.

Bundesliga bound

And, as per the aforementioned report from German outlet Bild today, Lichtsteiner’s next club have already struck a deal with the full-back, with Borussia Dortmund set to bring him to Signal Iduna Park on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Though Lichtsteiner did not reveal his next destination after confirming his plans to depart Juve on Saturday, the Swiss star did make clear that he would not play for another club in Italy, with Dortmund no doubt an appealing destination as the Bianconeri favourite’s career winds down.

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Report: Allegri wants ‘misaligned’ Juve players out if he stays — INKLING LEAGUE

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07 May Massimiliano Allegri wants Juventus to sanction the sale of “misaligned” players “who have less feeling” towards the manager or those who are not good enough for the Old Lady, if he has to continue with the Turin club. The former AC Milan manager’s future at the Allianz Stadium has still not be resolved […]

Massimiliano Allegri wants Juventus to sanction the sale of “misaligned” players “who have less feeling” towards the manager or those who are not good enough for the Old Lady, if he has to continue with the Turin club.

The former AC Milan manager’s future at the Allianz Stadium has still not be resolved as he is linked with a move to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has already announced his decision to leave the Gunners after the end of this season and Allegri is one of the candidates linked with the Emirates Stadium job.

Ciro Venerato tells Rai Sport that Allegri will have a meeting with Juventus management and will express his desire, if he has to continue as the Serie A leaders’ manager.

“Max Allegri  has to clean the squad a bit and he wants a meeting with the Juventus management,” Venerato explained.

“In the sense, some misaligned players who have no feeling towards Allegri or Allegri think they are no longer part of his project will have to be sold. I believe board are likely to agree with his decision.”

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Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri Talks Serie A Frustrations Amid Links to Chelsea Job — High Velocity Sport

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Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri Talks Serie A Frustrations Amid Links to Chelsea Job https://ift.tt/2I2qGhz Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has added fuel to the rumours he could be set for a move to Chelsea by admitting his frustration with Juventus‘ ongoing dominance of Serie A. He talked up the Premier League’s recent changing roster […]

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has added fuel to the rumours he could be set for a move to Chelsea by admitting his frustration with Juventus‘ ongoing dominance of Serie A.

He talked up the Premier League’s recent changing roster of champions—Manchester United were the last team to successfully defend the title in 2009—and warned of the risk in Italy of fans getting turned off, per Neil McLeman in the Mirror:

The only hope is that, in life, everything has to end sometime. Sooner or later, the domination will end. I must say, seeing the Premier League have this constant alternation of winners every year, it grows the love for teams and makes everyone have hope of success.

“It’s a different situation here in Italy. The risk is that we’ll lose many fans, because they cheer on teams that will never win and they know that too well. If we impoverish the whole system, then the rich will be impoverished too.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve look set to win their seventh consecutive Serie A title this season after Napoli’s impressive challenge faltered on Sunday.

Following Juve’s fightback from 2-1 down to a 3-2 victory against Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday, Napoli had to beat Fiorentina to move back to within a point of the Turin giants.

However, Kalidou Koulibaly—match-winner the week before against Juve—was sent off after just six minutes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and the Partenopei were soundly beaten 3-0.

It means Sarri’s side are now four points behind Juve with three games of the season remaining and, although the Old Lady still have to travel to in-form Roma, their other two remaining fixtures are winnable home games against Bologna and Hellas Verona.

After losing in Florence, it looks like Sarri is going to fall just short in his attempt to break Juve’s stranglehold.

And, having been in charge at the Stadio San Paolo since 2015, it has been reported that the 59-year-old will now look to move to pastures new.

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According to the Partenopei‘s official radio station, Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (h/t Football Italia), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing Sarri to fill the manager’s role at Stamford Bridge, and current Blues boss Antonio Conte could move the other way.

Certainly Sarri’s latest comments suggest he would be open to a new opportunity elsewhere, and he could be a fine replacement for Conte given how impressive he has been at Napoli with limited resources.

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Inter will surely win -Materazzi

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Inter legend Marco Materazzi talked to La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the nerazzurri Serie A tie against Juventus.

Juventus are desperate to get the three points and maintain distances with Napoli, whilst Inter need points to qualify for the Champions League.

“I think Inter will win”, Materazzi says.

“They can’t let this chance go. Inter must qualify for the Champions League and a win would create so much troubles to Juventus. Interisti would celebrate twice. Juve are dangerous, especially when they are angry. But San Siro is Inter’s home and Juve can’t win there. Failing to win against Juve, however, would create trouble to Inter.”

“Inter have quality but it takes time to reach the level of Napoli and Juve. With restrictions of Fiancial Fair play they can make no mistake in the transfer window. De Vrij is a bargain for example. He is a leader as well as a defender capable of scoring 6-7 goals per season.”

Paper talk: Chelsea and Arsenal make Allegri contact, Ancelotti set for Italy job

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Juventus’ 1-0 home defeat against Napoli on Saturday night may cause a revolution at the club at the end of the season even if Juve will eventually manage to win the Scudetto. Reports in Italy claim both Juventus and Max Allegri are thinking of splitting up in the summer.

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Problems, claims Tuttosport, are not caused by the team’s results but from the motivation of the manager who has never denied his will to coach a foreign club one day.

According to the Turin-based paper, Allegri is thinking of his position at the club and even if his contract expires in 2020, lack of motivation could lead him to bid his farewell to the Old Lady at the end of the season.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Allegri’s entourage has already been contacted by Chelsea and Arsenal. The parties are not in advanced talks and Allegri is one of the candidates for both jobs. Talks are not an advanced stage yet but Allegri is aware of the interest of both Premier League giants.

Meantime one of Allegri’s potential replacement, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to give his green light to the Italy job.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager met Costacurta and Fabbricini in Montecarlo yesterday and the two parties are said to be closet o reaching an agreement.

Ancelotti is wanted by several Premier League clubs and the Italian football federation has been trying to persuade the Italian tactician to snub a return to England and sign an agreement with Italy.

An agreement between the Italian manager and the Football federation is close to being reached. Ancelotti’s son Davide will be included in Italy’s technical staff and one of Italy’s great of the past (Buffon, Pirlo, Maldini or Ambrosini) is expected to join Ancelotti’s staff as well.

Revealed: Juventus have a plan to sign Arsenal and Spurs stars

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Revealed: Juventus have a plan to sign Arsenal and Spurs stars

Juventus will strengthen their squad at the end of the season and both Marotta and Paratici are already looking for the right names to make a further leap in quality both in Italy and in Europe. Juve will buy in all departments, from the goalkeeper to the attack, but it is in the middle of the field that the Bianconeri will concentrate their efforts more.

In addition to Emre Can, Cristante and Pellegrini there are three top midfielders abroad that the Bianconeri have put in their sights. These players are Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham) and Adrie Rabiot (Psg).

All three have one thing in common: their contract expires in 2019 and Marotta, according to reports from Tuttosport, would like to focus on this factor to convince one of the three players (or more than one if Emre Can should say no) to move to Turin.