Paper Round: Max Allegri ready to take over Arsenal, Antonio Conte to consult players over tactics
Max Allegri is reportedly ready to take over at Arsenal whilst Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will consult his players before the match with Barcelona. It's Monday's Paper Round.
Allegri ready for Arsenal switch
We start with an exclusive from The Sun which says that Juventus boss Max Allegri is ready to take over at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger leaves in the summer. Allegri is learning English according to the report and he is keen on having a chance at managing in England. He is also a target for Chelsea if Antonio Conte leaves.
Paper Round's view: Allegri has proven himself to be a very talented manager during his time with Juventus, even if he hasn't been able to bring that elusive Champions League trophy. If Wenger was to leave at the end of the season the club could do a lot worse then get the Italian in.
Conte to consult players over tactics
We now move to The Guardian where there are some quotes from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte where the Italian hints that he will talk to his players about the tactics for their trip to Barcelona. Conte has been criticised for his use of Eden Hazard in particular recently, with the Belgian admitting he would rather play wide than as the striker.
Paper Round's view: This is a very surprising admission from Conte but perhaps it is a sign he is willing to listen and be flexible? This is probably a wise choice. Conte may be the man who brought the title back to Stamford Bridge last season but if he goes into a power battle with Eden Hazard, the Belgian will always come out on top.
Benteke set for China switch
It seems as if Christian Benteke's time at Crystal Palace is coming to an end with an exclusive from The Sun saying that the Belgian will be allowed to leave for China regardless of whether the club stay up or not. Palace are looking for a fee of around £20 million as they look to invest in new strikers next season.
Paper Round's view: It's been clear for some time now that Benteke needs a change of scenery. A year or two in China may not be the worst thing for his career (or his bank account). Paulinho has shown that players can return from China to the top level and maybe we'll see Benteke back in the Premier League in a few years.
Pardew set for WBA showdown talks
Finally, in The Guardian it is reported that Alan Pardew will meet with the West Bromwich Albion board on Monday to discuss his future. West Brom are reportedly reluctant to fire Pardew, partly because of the financial implication and partly because of the lack of credible alternatives. Pardew however, sounded resigned to his fate after his team's 4-1 defeat to Leicester City at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Paper Round's view: West Brom may not want to sack Pardew but realistically they have no choice in this situation. The club are in a rut and a change is needed to try and save the club's future. Even if it means promoting from within, something has to change.