Juventus manager search: Man City’s Pep Guardiola & Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri linked

Maurizio Sarri & Pep Guardiola

Juventus & Max Allegri

Max Allegri is leaving Juventus imminently.

Having sown up their eighth successive Scudetto title, and the fifth under Allegri, Juventus will have a new manager in the dugout next term.

So why is Allegri leaving Turin?

That issue has been explored by ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti, who claims that transfer issues were central to the split:

Despite what Agnelli said that night about Juventus being “relatively young,” this was an ageing veteran-filled side. 

It became clear that if (Allegri) was to continue (at Juventus) it would be on his terms. And the realization slowly dawned that the guarantees he was looking for in terms of influence on transfers in particular would be hard to meet.

Man City’s Pep Guardiola

On Wednesday, a variety of websites are peddling the claim that Pep Guardiola will be the new Juventus boss.


Guardiola is coming off a historic season at Man City in which they won the domestic treble.

Moreover, Guardiola is under contract at Man City for another two seasons.

However, a report from Italian Federico Gennarelli claims that Guardiola has accepted to become the next Juve manager on a 4-year contract.

So who is Federico Gennarelli?

He’s linked himself to Italy’s Radio Sportiva, but it’s unclear if Federico Gennarelli actually works for them.

Crucially, if you visit Radio Sportiva’s website on Wednesday, there’s absolutely no mention of the ‘Guardiola agrees a 4-year deal with Juventus’ story.

This leaves readers with the feeling the Guardiola rumour is complete BS.

Also consider what Pep Guardiola’s actually said

Man City fans should also listen to what Guardiola’s been saying about his ongoing future at Man City in recent weeks.

Does this sound like a man who is about to walk out early on his Man City contract?

Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is another name being linked to the Juventus post.

Of course, Sarri is currently preparing his side for the Europa League final against Arsenal.

Sarri, who is yet to win a major trophy in his career, lost the Carabao Cup final to Man City.

Chelsea finished the Premier League season in third, meaning they’ve already sealed their spot in next season’s Champions League.

So will Sarri leave Chelsea to join Juve in the off-season?

In the Telegraph on Wednesday, readers are told that Chelsea wouldn’t stop Sarri from switching to Juventus, provided the Italians pay up:

Chelsea will not stand in the way of Maurizio Sarri if Juventus offer to pay up to £5million in compensation to take him back to Italy.

Sarri has publicly insisted that he wants to stay in Chelsea and England, but there are suspicions that he would privately be keen on a return to Serie A.

More Juventus updates

According to La Stampa, Juve will sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for 90 million euros this summer.

At the same time, Bosnian Miralem Pjanic is poised to join PSG.

Over in Repubblica, both Guardiola and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino are linked to the Juve job. However, it’s unclear how serious these links are.

Gazzetta dello Sport tell their readers that Sarri is the frontrunner for the Juventus post.

Finally, the Italian press have also been indicating that Cristiano Ronaldo will have a major say in who is set to be named the next Juventus manager.

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