Mauricio Pochettino may join Man City as Juventus target Pep Guardiola – Libero

Mauricio Pochettino

Who will be the new Juventus manager?

As June begins, the hot topic in the Italian media this summer surrounds who’ll be the new Juventus manager.

After five years in Turin, Max Allegri has left Juventus this summer.

For several days, the Italian press have pushed the belief that Maurizio Sarri will leave Chelsea to take over at Juve.

Those rumours sped up last week when Juve president Andrea Agnelli was spotted in Baku speaking to Chelsea’s Bruce Buck.

Indeed, some now believe that ‘Sarri to Juve’ is a foregone conclusion.

In that context, Tuttosport on Monday turn their attention to future Juve transfers, as Sarri is linked with bringing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly to Turin.

Yet, elsewhere in the Italian press, the case is made that Juve’s next managerial appointment is closely tied to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham future.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham future

Tottenham lost the Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool on Saturday night.

For the record, 47-year-old Mauricio Pochettino is under contract at Spurs until 2023.

Pochettino signed a five-year deal with Spurs last summer, worth up to £8.5 million a season, as previously reported in the Guardian.

But could Pochettino leave Spurs this summer?

Pochettino has hinted that his time at Tottenham could soon be over.

And now Italian daily Libero on Monday claim that Pochettino could become the new Manchester City manager.

Pochettino, Man City & Pep Guardiola

Libero set up a giant game of managerial musical chairs on Monday.

Libero claim that “Pochettino would like to say goodbye” to Spurs.

Moreover, peddling rumours which have circulated for several weeks now, Libero say that Pochettino could head to Man City, as Citizens’ boss Pep Guardiola may become the new Juventus boss.

Libero tell their readers:

If (Pochettino) moves, he will do it because Pep is about to become the new Juventus coach.

What about Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri?

The way Libero tell their story, Pochettino could end up screwing with Maurizio Sarri’s future at Chelsea, too.

Working on the assumption that Pochettino joins Man City and Guardiola joins Juve, Libero report:

Sarri would remain at Chelsea, even though (Roman) Abramovich who would like (to appoint Frank) Lampard…

Should Pochettino respect his (Tottenham) contract, then he would not start the domino (effect) and Juve would welcome Sarri. 

Analysis: What’s going to happen?

To be clear, Libero are swimming against the tide with their speculation about a possible managerial merry-go-round.

Libero seem to be the only publication linking Pochettino with Man City.

At the same time, Guardiola has previously denied that he’s leaving City for Juventus.

Moreover, it’s worth stressing that Chelsea’s Sarri remains the frontrunner to take over at Juve.

In La Stampa on Monday, readers are told that Juventus are in the “final stretch” in their efforts to sign Sarri.

In addition, La Stampa say “there’s no problem at Chelsea” with allowing Sarri to leave.

But what about the Antonio Conte & Tottenham rumours?

Finally, Tottenham fans should be aware of an eye-catching rumour regarding their club and new Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte.

On Sunday night, Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claimed that Conte recently rejected an offer to manage at Tottenham:

Our correspondent Fabrizio Romano understands that Tottenham had made an approach for Conte when Daniel Levy had got signals that Mauricio Pochettino could end up at Real Madrid or Manchester United.

Does this suggest that Libero’s report linking Pochettino to Man City may not be as far-fetched as first thought?

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