As per a report from the Evening Standard, Chelsea could consider the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri this summer, in the case that Maurizio Sarri departs the club.
51-year-old Italian tactician Allegri has spent the last 5 years in charge of Serie A powerhouse Juventus.
Despite his initial appointment having been met with derision on the part of the Bianconeri faithful, Allegri has gone on to enjoy a hugely-successful stint at the helm in Turin.
The former AC Milan boss’ tactical, pragmatic style saw him guide Juve to 4 consecutive domestic doubles between 2014 and 2018, with Allegri having since added a 5th-straight Serie A crown this season.
In addition, the Old Lady of Italian football reached a pair of Champions League finals under Allegri.
However, a disappointing European campaign this time around, which saw his side ousted by Ajax in the competition’s quarter-finals, coupled with an increasingly-negative style of football, saw pressure begin to mount on the Juve boss over recent months.
As such, on the back of mounting speculation that the board at the Allianz Stadium were set to look elsewhere for a manager to lead the club into next season, it was made official that Allegri would be relieved of his duties this summer last Friday:
Statement from the club: https://t.co/Z7Sex0OaSx pic.twitter.com/hysOWz8dJO
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 17, 2019
‘Have to be ready’
The Italian’s Juventus exit, meanwhile, has since led to inevitable speculation in the media regarding where Allegri is set to end up next.
The likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and Tottenham have all been touted as potential destinations.
The Evening Standard, though, this afternoon add a new name to the list of the Italian’s potential suitors.
The outfit in question are Chelsea, amid claims that the Blues’ squad could attempt to force Maurizio Sarri out over the coming months.
Consequently, Sarri has been linked with the now-vacant Juventus job, meaning a swap of-sorts could be on the cards.
Allegri, for his part, confirmed over the weekend that he does not intend to take a year out of management:
‘I am not particularly looking for a year off. I’ll only take a sabbatical if I have to, but otherwise the idea is to find a project that convinces me. Life is full of surprises and you have to be ready for anything.’
Allegri may join Lampard on Chelsea’s managerial wishlist as senior players threaten to force Sarri out
✍ @sjstandardsport https://t.co/LpEF4wKevD
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) May 20, 2019
With #Sarri a contender for Juventus job, long-term target #Allegri could come the other way to #cfc. Also getting indications that #Lampard‘s inexperience as a coach wouldn’t count against him if job at Stamford Bridge becomes available this summer. More here: https://t.co/MglbymAR7s
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) May 20, 2019
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