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JUVENTUS manager Massimiliano Allegri has agreed to leave the club in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
Express Sport understands Allegri has held advanced talks with Arsenal over replacing Arsene Wenger at the end of this season.
And yesterday Allegri refused to rule out a move to north London.
And today calciomercato.com report that Allegri agreed to leave Juventus in the summer back in January.
Allegri’s stock has risen at Juve, having won two Serie A titles in as many years, and Italians are the new flavour of the month with Antonio Conte impressing so much at Chelsea.
Wenger’s contract runs out in the summer and he remains torn over accepting the two-year extension currently on the table.
Arsenal have dropped out of the title race after two defeats in a row and are now only two points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United.
Fans are revolting again and the pressure is mounting. Earlier today Wenger risked their wrath further by calling on them to be more like Tottenham supporters.
“Of course, our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have as well,” Wenger said.
“But I don’t feel it is absolutely clear.
“You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday. It doesn’t make sense.
“We are in a fight. We absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it.
“You have Tottenham – everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team.
“We have to do exactly the same, even if we had two disappointing results.”
The fan anger paired with recent results and the fact a number of players are entering the final 18 months of their contracts points towards a possible exit for Wenger.
And Allegri’s availability may push Arsenal to act – although they would still prefer Wenger to stay put.
Allegri is the front runner to replace the Frenchman if he does end his time at the Emirates, but RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, Diego Simeone, Thomas Tuchel and Eddie Howe are other names in the frame.
When asked to comment on the links with Arsenal yesterday Allegri said: “I won’t deny or confirm anything.
“I am in sync with the club, now we have to focus on winning. At this time of the season the media always says I’m leaving, even when things are going really well.”