Allegri’s available: Sarri swap? Would Man Utd dare make a move?
Massimiliano Allegri is leaving Juventus this summer, so could his departure spark a managerial merry-go-round?
Under the Italian’s guidance, Juventus have won five straight Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crowns since he arrived at the Allianz Stadium in 2014.
But now club and manager are parting ways, speculation will be rife as to who replaces Allegri, and what team he will look to coach next.
Allegri is viewed as one of the elite coaches in world football, and as such he will have no shortage of offers over the summer.
Real Madrid had been linked with Allegri following Santiago Solari’s sacking earlier this year, but the club have Zinedine Zidane back at the helm, and the Frenchman is expected to oversee a major squad transformation at the Bernabeu as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of a trophy-less season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona may have defended their La Liga title, but another Champions League collapse has put Ernesto Valverde’s future in the spotlight, especially as the 4-3 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals came a year after their calamitous defeat to Roma.
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Allegri is yet to manage outside Italy, but there are fewer grander stages than the Nou Camp to prove your quality overseas.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain could well be linked with Allegri in the coming weeks too, while two clubs in England may register their interest as well.
Maurizio Sarri may have secured a third-placed finish for Chelsea in the Premier League, and have a Europa League final against Arsenal to look forward to, but the Italian has endured a difficult first season in England, with many of the club’s supporters speaking out against his style of play.
It would be difficult to dismiss Sarri if he delivers European silverware, but the prospect of luring Allegri to Stamford Bridge could prove too tempting for owner Roman Abramovich.
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Then there is Manchester United. The club hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis just two months ago, but once the honeymoon period subsided it was far from plain sailing for the Norwegian at Old Trafford.
United finished sixth in the Premier League, and should Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Europa League final, Solskjaer’s side would be the only club from the top six not taking part in next year’s Champions League.
Hiring and then firing Solskjaer seems like a long shot, but again, Allegri’s pedigree and experience with some of the world’s best players would make him a perfect fit at United.
Whether a merry-go-round starts will depend on who goes to Juventus.
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Both Mourinho and Conte are out of work currently, which would mean no knock-on effect if one of them is appointed, but it will be intriguing to see whether Juve are keen to recycle – Conte was in charge there before Allegri – or gamble, with Mourinho’s cards certainly marked following his acrimonious departure from United.
As with the transfer window, a fascinating summer of managerial changes potentially awaits. When a European giant has a job going, there is no telling how it will all unfold.