Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been tipped to take over the hot-seat at Chelsea FC in the summer by former coach and mentor Giovanni Galeone, who rates him as one of the top five coaches in the world.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will go through the familiar process of appointing a new permanent manager for the Blues in the summer, and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reportedly features very high up on his list of targets. In fact, there have already been reports in the press that the billionaire has offered the former AC Milan coach a four-year deal to take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer, but the Bianconeri boss has since laughed them off.
In comments that seem to confirm those rumours, Allegri’s former manager and mentor Giovanni Galeone has suggested that the 48-year-old will leave Turin for the English capital in the summer, insisting that it would make no sense for him to continue in Italy in light of Abramovich’s ‘really fantastic’ offer.
Galeone, who managed Allegri at Pescara in his playing days, is quoted by Italian station Radio Radio as saying (via Standard Sport): “I think Max will go to Chelsea and will do very well. Allegri is doing incredible things, even if the club failed to buy the players he requested last summer: from Mario Gotze, to Isco.
“He will leave Italy, and I see him going to England because the deal Roman Abramovich has offered is really fantastic. As one of the five best coaches in the world, he has to leave Juventus, it makes no sense for him to stay in Italy.”
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) February 9, 2016
Summer move could depend on how Juventus’ season pans out
Following a slow start to their season, Juventus have now put together an absurd run of 14 consecutive league wins — a club record — and are once again among the favourites to win the Serie A crown alongside Napoli. Their Round of 16 Champions League tie sees them come up against Bayern Munich, and if Allegri were to guide his team to victory, they could well go all the way again.
Winning the Champions League or indeed the Serie A could prompt Allegri to think about other challenges, and the only way Chelsea FC are likely to get him is if there is a real desire on the part of the Italian to test himself in the English Premier League. And that desire could only come from a sense that his job in Turin is complete and that he has achieved everything he possibly can with the Old Lady. If not, Abramovich might have to consider compatriot Antonio Conte or another manager altogether to fill the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.