Arsenal and Chelsea managerial target opens up on future

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is currently one of the frontrunners to take over at either Arsenal or Chelsea at the end of this season.

The 50-year-old has developed a reputation as one of Europes master tacticians since taking over in Turin in 2014. His Juve side need just one point from their remaining two games in order to secure their fourth Scudetto is a row under his stewardship, and he has also guided the Old Lady to two Champions League finals in the last four seasons.

Allegri has been making noises about wanting to face a new challenge for some months now, although he has admitted that he will sit down with his clubs board once his side are confirmed as Serie A Champions in the next week or two to discuss his future.

“I have a very good rapport with the club and we are in sync,” Allegri said.

“As proved over the last four years, where the team was turned inside out during the first season and the club worked so well to bring in players of quality alongside those who had not just technique, but great human values.

“At the end of the day, in football you need more than technique to win. You need other values that can push you on during difficult times.

“At the end of the season, we’ll sit down and talk as we always do and plan for the future, because we have to do that every year and this has to be done with great clarity.”

Arsenal are said to be keen to have the Italian coach take over from the soon to be departed Arsene Wenger, whereas Chelsea also see him as a viable candidate to replace his countryman Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, Juve’s board are still harbouring hope of using their excellent relationship with Allegri to convince him to stay in Turin for at least one more season and see out the final year of his contract.

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