Arsenal news: Juventus boss Massimo Allegri wants to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer

Wenger could quit the Emirates at the end of the season after 20 years in charge

Jack Austin
Thursday 29 December 2016 08:38
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Allegri is on course for a third consecutive Serie A title with Juventus
Allegri is on course for a third consecutive Serie A title with Juventus

Juventus manager Massimo Allegri wants to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

Wenger celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners this season and there are suggestions it could be his last, despite the Arsenal board being keen for him to continue as manager.

However, the club have also drawn up a list of candidates to replace the Frenchman should he call time on his Emirates career and The Sun report Allegri is at the top.

The 49-year-old has won two Serie A title in his two years in charge of Juve, with a third likely to follow this season, but feels he does not get the credit or recognition he deserves in Italy – perhaps due to his strained relationship with the press.

As a result, he is considering other options and his agent is reported to have been in contact with Arsenal about the prospect of replacing Wenger, and has been encouraged with the responses he has gained.

Allegri is not the only candidate however, with RB Leipzig boss Ralph Husenhuttl and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe also in the running, while Diego Simeone and Dennis Bergkamp are both outside runners.

Husenhuttl claimed before Christmas that he had had talks with Arsenal while Howe is also aware of the interest. While there is also interest in Atletico Madrid’s Simeone, the Gunners are aware that he has aspirations to take over at Inter Milan.

Allegri was also reportedly a candidate for the Chelsea job in the summer but the Blues opted for his predecessor Antonio Conte instead, and the prospect of going up against his compatriot is a big lure for him.

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