Reports in Italy claim that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told close friends that he is joining Arsenal in the summer. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s contract expires in June and with growing doubt that he will sign a new one, Allegri has been linked with the job for some time (via Calcio Mercato).
With every week that passes without news, speculation grows about the future of Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has been at Arsenal for over 20 years but with his contract expiring in June and no indication that he will sign another, it seems that the club is eyeing up some replacements.
Diego Simeone and Thomas Tuchel have been linked, as have Eddie Howe and Leonardo Jardim. However, perhaps the standout name on the list is Massimiliano Allegri. The 49-year-old has been at Juventus since 2014, winning two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and finishing second in the 2015 Champions League.
Allegri’s links to the management position at Arsenal have been going around for some time. The Italian even commented on the reports a few weeks ago but played down the rumours.
“How’s my English?” he joked. “I started learning before [my time at] Milan — now I have left it.
“They say I will go to Arsenal? You all say that, I just listen.”
Well, fresh reports from Italy indicate a twist in the story. Calcio Mercato claim that Max Allegri has told close friends that he is joining Arsenal in the summer. The story claims that he let the news slip to a group whilst at dinner.
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Allegri’s position at Juventus has been rocked in recent weeks by the spat with Leonardo Bonucci. The centre-back was involved in a very visible altercation with the manager in a match against Palermo on 17 February. The row started on the pitch and reportedly continued into the dressing room, culminating in Allegri dropping the star for the Champions League match with Porto last week.
It has since been resolved but reports indicate that Allegri felt abandoned by the Juventus board during the dispute and these links to Arsenal have come from that.
It’s unclear just how reliable this report is but it could be huge news for Arsenal. Massimo Allegri is one of the best managers out there right now and would be a massive coup for the club. However, it is not guaranteed either that Allegri will join or even that Arsene Wenger will leave. Arsenal fans will just have to wait and see what happens on this front.