Massimiliano Allegri: 7 Potential Destinations for the Italian After Juventus Announce His Departure

​After five years, five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Champions League runner-up medals, Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus this summer, marking the end of an era of unprecedented success at the Old Lady. 

The club only announced his departure earlier on Friday, and while the dust hasn’t yet settled, the wheels of football stop turning for no one person. 

Here are seven potential destinations for Allegri when he inevitably returns to football. 


Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde

There are obvious arguments against this one ever happening. Whether or not ​Barca will stick with Ernesto Valverde amid a ​period of ​turmoil in the wake of Champions League capitulation against Liverpool remains to be seen, but the biggest doubt over his potential appointment at Camp Nou is cast by the footballing differences between the two parties.

Allegri favours a quintessentially Italian, tactically rigid style, while Barcelona embody the footballing antithesis of that, so it’s unclear if either side would be willing to compromise in order to work together. If they found a way to make it work, then we would see one of the most successful managers of modern times take over one of the most dominant teams in Europe on their day, and everyone else in La Liga could kiss their hopes of silverware goodbye.

Still, that’s a big if. 

Probability Rating: 2/10


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

OK, I hear you shouting at me already. Yes, ​Manchester United only handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-and-a-half year deal in March, and no, I’m not entirely sure why they did that considering they still had a lot to play for. 

They’re probably regretting it now, even if they won’t admit it, and given that they haven’t won a match since that victory over Watford at the end of March, there seems like a realistic, if not quite probable, chance that Ole won’t be at the wheel come Christmas. In that event, Allegri will be one of the frontrunners, assuming he is still available.

A lot of stars would need to align for this to come off, but it’s not impossible. 

Probability Rating: 4/10


AS Roma

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Roma are one of the few major sides in Europe who are almost guaranteed to be looking for a new manager this summer, unless they shock us all and appoint Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis.

Assuming they will be in need of a new coach, Allegri will no doubt be a topic of conversation in the Italian capital. The question won’t be over Roma’s interest, but whether Allegri is prepared to undergo the serious long-term rebuilding job required to take them back to the height of Italian football. It seems plausible, but would require Roma to put their money where their mouth is and prove their ambition to a serial winner like Allegri. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Bayern Munich

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Niko Kovac has endured a difficult first season in charge at Bayern Munich. They are still on course to win the Bundesliga, and will do so with a ​point on the final day of the season, and should they get that over the line, they deserve credit for the bottle they’ve shown in seeing off a formidable challenge from Borussia Dortmund. 

However, they fell way short in Europe and are facing a pretty huge almost Real Madrid-sized summer rebuild. With a coach like Allegri available, with a track record of ruthless success, they may well opt to change managers for that transition. His poor record in Europe might concern some in Bavaria, but there is no club better placed for him to finally lift that Champions League trophy. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Milan

Massimiliano Allegri

Milan seem likely to be chasing a new manager this summer, with the future of Rino Gattuso well and truly up in the air, and who better to return them to the top than the man who led them to their last Serie A back in 2011?

The allure of his former employers would undoubtedly prove tempting. They are one of Italian football’s sleeping giants and possess limitless untapped potential, although it is likely he will have offers on the table from clubs with a higher standing in modern football. However, Allegri knows the club and what it takes to succeed with them. 

Probability Rating: 6/10


Chelsea

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The jury is out on Maurizio Sarri at ​Chelsea. Their third-placed finish in the Premier League will undoubtedly alleviate the pressure somewhat, but for a club whose feeling on managers seems to sway dramatically depending on their latest result, you can’t help but feel that failure to win the ​Europa League ​final against Arsenal later this month could well lead to him losing his job.

With a coach like Allegri available, they might just decide to make the change whatever happens, since they are desperate to drag themselves up to the level of Manchester City and Liverpool. It might take more than a world class manager to bridge that gap, given the huge chasm that exists between the title challengers and the rest of the league at present, but that wouldn’t stop the Blues trying.

On top of that, they’re a club with a history of appointing Italian managers, with Sarri the sixth of his countrymen to sit in the dugout at Stamford Bridge over the last two decades. This really does just feel within the realms of possibility. 

Probability Rating: 7/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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Taking history out of the equation, a move to PSG would seem like a direct continuation of the work Allegri put in at Juventus. A club who are comfortable in their domestic dominance, needing to find an extra gear or two in order to go to the next level and win the big one in Europe. 

​Maybe Juventus were a bit closer to achieving that one than the Parisians, but the parallels are clear, and given they have badly dipped in form recently, they don’t seem too far from cutting ties with Thomas Tuchel this summer. The availability of Allegri could be the catalyst for that change.

Probability Rating: 8/10

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Paulo Dybala: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

​Paulo Dybala’s days in black and white appear to be numbered, though where his future lies remains a grey area.

The Juventus forward has been marginalised and demoralised following the groundbreaking £100m acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo last year, with the Portuguese forcing Dybala from centre-stage to a supporting role.

The Argentine has been left frustrated by Massimiliano Allegri’s lack of loyalty and faith and a summer exit looked inevitable – that was until the announcement came that ​Allegri will leave at the end of the season.

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​​That may still happen, though, and he won’t be short of suitors, with a collection of illustrious European clubs eager to bring in a player of his supreme talents. 

Here are the key contenders looking to secure ​Dybala’s signature ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

​The Red Devils are in turmoil. Their coach has the worst win ratio of any United manager in history, they failed to mount a significant challenge in any competition this season and the club will not be playing in the​ Champions League next term. They really need a blockbuster new signing to lift the gloom.

Dybala is precisely what chief executive Ed Woodward is looking for; marketable, charismatic and capable of reinvigorating the side. However, the 25-year-old demands the limelight and prestige, something the English outfit may struggle to offer with Europa League football and the likes of Paul Pogba in the squad.

Likelihood Rating: 2/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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To be fair, PSG are linked to every top footballer. But, just like a broken clock is right twice a day, the rumour mill occasionally churns out true stories about the Parisians’ transfer targets.

Dybala’s former teammate Dani Alves has allegedly been in his ear, urging him to up sticks and make a move to the French capital. However, the Ligue 1 side don’t exactly need him given the glut of options they have up front, meaning they would likely miss out if a bidding war broke out.

Likelihood Rating: 3/10


​Liverpool

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​Reports suggest that ​Real Madrid have Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah in their crosshairs in a move that could trigger a chain of extravagant transfers. One such resultant deal could see the ​Reds swoop for Dybala, with €100m believed to be enough to prise him away from the Allianz Stadium.

That would almost definitely be less than the requisite figure for Salah, with his replacement possessing a similar skill-set. The pair are both left-footed, able to play across the frontline and adept as both a finisher or in a playmaking role. It seems like a no-brainer on Jurgen Klopp’s part if Salah is sold. But that’s a big and unlikely if.

Likelihood Rating: 3/10


Bayern Munich

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James Rodriguez’s loan spell at ​Bayern is coming to an end and the Bavarians are thought to be uninterested in taking up their option to buy the Colombian. His South American counterpart Dybala would be a fine successor, the pair having been cast in the same mould.

Of course, Rodriguez is not the only forward expected to depart Die Roten in the coming months, with veteran wing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery set for their swansong in the DFB Pokal final next weekend. 

The ​Bundesliga champions have the financial might to compete with any rivals in the race for Dybala and will be needing a player with his expertise; don’t be surprised if the former Palermo playmaker decides to settle in Germany.

Likelihood Rating: 6/10


Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann

The saga of Antoine Griezmann has rumbled on for aeons, finally nearing its conclusion this week as the Frenchman confirmed he would be leaving ​Atletico following the end of the ​La Liga season. 

It’s the same scenario for Los Rojiblancos as it is for most of the clubs mentioned above; they’re losing a superstar and want another similarly-skilled world-beater to lessen the blow. To put a positive spin on the sale of Griezmann, it will leave them with a sizeable war chest with which to add to their attacking armoury. 

Fortunately for Atleti, coach Diego Simeone is known to have held talks with Dybala in the past, their shared nationality potentially handing the Spaniards the upper hand in the pursuit of the Bianconeri icon. In fact, they have reportedly made their move already, ​offering him a five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Likelihood Rating: 7/10


Inter

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi has suffered a fall from grace this season, the striker having been stripped of the Inter captaincy in February before petulantly electing to rule himself out of future matches. He eventually reversed that decision after a near two-month playing hiatus, but the Nerazzurri faithful have already turned their back on their once-beloved talisman.

He is likely to be ushered out the door in the summer, his current employers already preparing for life without the prolific forward. They are rumoured to be in for his compatriot Dybala, who would fill the goalscoring hole left by Icardi.

Though the Juventus man has had an underwhelming campaign, he has more than proven his quality in Serie A in recent years. Dybala hit a combined 52 league goals in his first three seasons in Turin, showing his tally of five this term to be an anomaly.

Likelihood Rating: 7/10


So, where will Dybala end up? It’s difficult to see him deciding on a switch to Old Trafford with the catalogue of problems there and Liverpool will fight tooth and nail to hold onto Salah. If the latter remains on Merseyside, there will be no need for a lavish deal for the Argentina international.

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As discussed, PSG would be the first to drop out of the race, making a transfer to France improbable. That leaves three strong contenders, though the player may favour Inter over Atletico and Bayern.

He is familiar with Serie A and would, therefore, not need as much time to adjust. However, joining the men from Milan means he will have the chance to exact revenge upon Juve. His disillusionment with the Old Lady is well-documented and an individual with such unwavering self-belief would be desperate to prove the club that mistreated him very, very wrong.

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Juventus Confirm Massimiliano Allegri Departure After 5 Consecutive Scudetti

​Juventus have confirmed that manager Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Despite guiding the Bianconeri to another Serie A title, Allegri has faced criticism from many fans after their humiliating exit from the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with a large group of supporters calling for him to be sacked,

​​​Juventus took to their ​official website to confirm the news of Allegri’s departure, writing: “Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season.

“The coach and the President, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at tomorrow’s press conference – Saturday 18 May, at 2pm in the press conference hall of Allianz Stadium.”

Allegri moved to Juventus in 2014 to replace Antonio Conte, and he instantly managed to continue the club’s reign of dominance in Italy as they picked up their fourth consecutive league title. 

Since then, Juventus have won a further four league titles, but it is their failure to compete for the ​Champions League which has left fans frustrated.

They have crashed out of Europe’s top competition at the quarter-final stage in the last two seasons, leaving many supporters calling for Allegri’s head, despite his stunning record of success in domestic competitions.

In lifting the ​Serie A title this season, Juventus became the first team in Europe’s top five leagues to win eight successive league titles, which is an indicator of just how dominant Allegri’s Juventus were in Italy.

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He has also reached two Champions League finals with Juventus, but the nature of their elimination this season, despite having added ​Cristiano Ronaldo, saw the mood around the Allianz Stadium take a turn for the worst, and it has ultimately seen Allegri leave the club.

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90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 33

​Following a week in which: 

– Manchester City won a trophy.

– Ajax won a trophy.

– SS Lazio won a trophy.

– Liverpool fans pleaded for a second place trophy.

We, using the filmography of Gus Van Sant, rank the top 15 teams in Europe. Enjoy chief. 


15) Borussia Monchengladbach (Re-Entry)

Josip Drmic

“F**k you money is the ultimate liberator.” (Promised Land)

On the brink of UEFA Champions League qualification = on the brink of a shocking amount of $$$.

To make it to the promised land however, Borussia Monchengladbach need to beat Borussia Dortmund on Saturday…good luck chief! 


14) RB Leipzig (Up 1)

Robert Lewandowski,Willi Orban,Marcel Halstenberg

“How do you like them apples?” (Good Will Hunting) 

Last weekend, Bayern Munich could’ve won the league.

They needed three points.

They didn’t get them.

RB Leipzig – with literally nothing to play for – decided that they would do everything they possibly could to prevent Bayern from winning the Bundesliga for the 1000th consecutive season.

They did. 

Now the Bundesliga title race will go down to the final day of the season. 

Thanks chief! 


13) Juventus (Down 5)

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“I lost something on the way to wherever I am today.” (Last Days)

So they may have WON the league, but after their catastrophic month, it’s time to look at ​what ​Juventus LOST this season: 

– A UEFA Champions League quarter final they should have won. 

– A Coppa Italia quarter final they should have won. 

– Gianluigi Buffon.

– Their soul (​more on that here).

– The stripes on their kit…holy God the new kit is ugly. 

Not great chief. 


12) Benfica (-) 

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“I can be in the NBA. I’m tall, I like to wear shorts. Hook! Hook! Dunk! Dunk! Baby, I’m all about three points.” (Good Will Hunting) 

Benfica’s Primeira Liga form:

Played: 33.

Won: 27.

Drew: 3.

Lost: 3.

Goals Scored: 99.

Goals Conceded: 30. 

Goal Difference: 69.

Encarnados are ALL ABOUT THREE POINTS. 

Nice work chief.


11) SS Lazio (New Entry) 

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“I’m pumped! Let the healing begin!” (Good Will Hunting)

SS Lazio have done it. They’ve achieved the impossible. In an era of unrivalled Juventus dominance, they’ve won a trophy in Italy (the Coppa Italia to be exact).

It’s a miracle!

Let the healing of Serie A begin chief!


10) Borussia Dortmund (Up 1) 

Mario Goetze

“If you were gonna fight them, why didn’t you fight them back there? We got snacks now!” (Good Will Hunting) 

So it turns out that ​Borussia Dortmund didn’t ‘​absolutely f**k it’.

The disastrous draw with Werder Bremen was seemingly the death knell of BVB’s Bundesliga title hopes, but last weekend they were thrown a lifeline by Bayern Munich. 

Now, two points separate the top two.

Now, the Bundesliga title race will go down to the wire.

Now, a win over ‘Gladbach and a Bayern defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt will send the BuLi title to Dortmund.

It’s all to play for chief. 


9) Bayern Munich (Down 2) 

Thomas Mueller

“Winning isn’t my strong suit.” (Milk)

Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve (most other years)…but didn’t.

​Bayern Munich needed three points away at Leipzig to win the Bundesliga, and as you now already now, they didn’t get them.

Buck up your ideas chief!


8) Barcelona (Up 1) 

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“You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you…I don’t see an intelligent, confident man…I see a cocky, scared sh**less kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you.” (Good Will Hunting) 

In the aftermath of their catastrophic Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool, the Catalan exclaimed that it was “THE CLUB’S DARKEST HOUR”.

But now that the dust is settled, it’s explicitly clear that not all things are lost.

​Barcelona did win La Liga.

Barcelona will probably win the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona have signed the most exciting young midfielder in Europe – Frenkie de Jong.

Barcelona look set to sign Antoine Griezmann.

You don’t know about real loss. Real loss is losing to Derby County and being resigned to yet another season in the Championship chief (pour one out for Leeds United).


7) Atalanta (Up 3) 

Berat Djimsiti,Duvan Zapata

“You know what? You can shove your medal up your f**king ass! Because I don’t give a sh*t about your medal.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The Coppa Italia final defeat was truly heartbreaking for Atalanta fans, but all will be forgotten if they can clinch UEFA Champions League qualification in two weeks’ time. 

All that stands in their way is Juventus and Sassoulo. Win out and Atalanta will qualify for Europe’s premier competition for the first time in their history. 

You can do it chief! 


6) Arsenal (Down 1)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“I don’t know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we’re headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that’s just not ours to lose.” (Promised Land) 

It’s explicitly clear that ​Arsenal’s whole season, and the season after that, and possibly even the season after that, hinges upon one thing: the Europa League final.

Win, and the Gunners will be qualify for the UEFA Champions League and have a boatload of money to spend in the summer transfer window. 

Lose, and Arsenal will be resigned to the Europa League for another season and will have £40m to spend in the summer transfer window…which isn’t a lot chief. 


5) Chelsea (Down 1)

Maurizio Sarri

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The haters will hate, but one can’t deny the fact that Maurizio Sarri has actually done quite well in his first season at ​Chelsea.

– Third place finish.

– Champions League qualification. 

– Europa League final. 

It’s gone quite well if you ask me chief. 


4) Ajax (Up 2)

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“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The last second UEFA Champions League semi final exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff ArenA when they had held a healthy lead in the tie was a mouthful, and truly heart-wrenching. 

But when Ajax fans look back on the 2018/19 season, they will do so fondly. They’ll think back to the win over Real Madrid, the win over Juventus, the KNVB Cup final, and their reclaiming of the Eredivisie title. 

It’s been a great year; enjoy it chief. 


3) Liverpool (Down 1) 

Jurgen Klopp

“You know, it’s kinda like… Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.” (Last Days)

Was this season a success?

If ​Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League, it most certainly was. 

But if they don’t, how long can Liverpool fans really enjoy the fact that they accumulated the third highest points tally in Premier League history? Who knows chief! 


2) Tottenham Hotspur (Down 1) 

Christian Eriksen

“Without hope, life’s not worth living.” (Milk)

​Tottenham Hotspur fans, I know it’s nice to have made it to the UEFA Champions League (congratulations on that), but do you know what would be even nicer? 

WINNING THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. 

Tottenham fans, it’s time to get out the Glenn Hoddle replica jerseys, the Audere Est Facere banners, the navy flares (no, not the clothing item, please God not the clothing item) and it’s time to believe. 

It may not mean more™, but it still means a lot chief. 


1) Manchester City (Up 2) 

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“Tonight the laws of God, and the cultural values of man have been vindicated. The people of Dade County, the Normal majority, have said ‘Enough, enough, enough.” (Milk) 

​Manchester City’s Premier League form since February: 

Played: 14.

Won: 14.

Drew: 0.

Lost: 0.

Goals Scored: 32. 

Goals Conceded: 4

Goal Difference: 28. 

It’s hard to compete with perfection, and that’s exactly what Manchester City were when it mattered most. 

They. Were. Perfect. Chief. 


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Inter Make ‘Formal Approach’ for Alexis Sanchez as Man Utd Look to Offload Expensive Flop for Free

Inter have made a formal approach for Alexis Sanchez, while Juventus have also held talks with the agent of the Manchester United forward, as they look to negotiate his £500,000-a-week wages down before making an offer.

The former Arsenal star has struggled to make an impact since he moved to Old Trafford in 2018.

But Sánchez is now largely just seen as a hindrance on Manchester United’s wage bill, with other key players even agitating for pay parity. The club are looking to offload the Chilean this summer, freeing up space for new signings or youth players like Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong to step up permanently.

Alexis Sanchez

Sánchez is attracting a lot of interest from Italy, and The Daily Mail claims that both Juventus and Inter have held talks the forward’s representative Fernando Felicevich over a possible move before the start of the new season.

Both clubs have been successful in getting Sánchez’s wage demands down from his current annual £26m, but Felicevich is still demanding that the Chile star should be earning at least £10m – over £192k a week – after tax.

Mail journalist Adam Crafton claims that Inter have even made a ‘formal approach’ to sign Sánchez at the end of the season, adding that Manchester United could be willing to waive a transfer fee just to offload the winger this summer.

It’s also been suggested that Inter could look to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer if they decide to appoint former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as Luciano Spalletti’s successor.

Manchester United have most notably been linked with signing either Nicolas Pépé or Daniel James to replace Sánchez heading into next season.


Lille’s Pépé has been directly involved in 31 goals in just 36 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, helping to secure Champions League football at the Stade Pierre Mauroy for next season. It’s estimated that the Ivorian would cost £70m.

Swansea City star James, meanwhile, is available at less than a quarter of the price and has been a shining light in the Championship this season.

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