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Arsenal‘s reported efforts to hire Massimiliano Allegri look to have received a major boost with claims that Juventus have reached a verbal agreement for Luciano Spalletti to replace him as manager next season.
The Serie A champions look resigned to losing Allegri after reports that he’d laid out some big demands to the club if he were to stay on and sign a new contract.
Reports in Italy now suggest they’ve already moved to hire Allegri’s replacement, with a verbal agreement to appoint Spalletti from rivals AS Roma.
The 58-year-old has impressed in his time at the Stadio Olimpico, and is an experienced head at the top level of the game with spells at Udinese and Zenit Saint Petersburg in a 22-year coaching career.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Spalletti has held initial talks with Juve and seems likely to take up the position in Turin after failing to agree a new deal with his current club.
The report adds that Allegri has not yet decided on his next destination after links with Arsenal, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Premier League giants now look likely to have the opportunity to hire him if they want him.
The former AC Milan boss is said to have decided to leave Juventus a year before his contract ends and hasn’t had the happiest of times of late, following a high-profile row with star player Leonardo Bonucci.
It remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger will even necessarily step down at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but Allegri is the clear favourite with most bookies to replace the long-serving Frenchman in north London.