Arsenal Open Talks With Allegri Arsenal in talks with Juventus boss Max Allegri over taking over from under-fire Arsene Wenger next seaso...
Arsenal in talks with Juventus boss Max Allegri over taking over from under-fire Arsene Wenger next season
According to the Sun, the Gunners have been in touch with Allegri’s camp in the last seven days to discuss the possibility of the Italian succeeding Wenger.
Arsenal chiefs are wondering if Wenger should stay on, while the manager’s own failure to state his position is causing tensions.
There is also a feeling the club needs a director of football and former winger Marc Overmars has been touted for the role.
But Wenger is understood to be resistant to such a move.
The unstable situation has forced Arsenal to keep tabs on potential successors and Allegri, 49 is high on their wishlist.
He has won League and Cup doubles in each of his first two seasons at Juve and is on course for more silverware this season.
Jorge Mere On Chelsea's Radar
Chelsea are watching £25m-rated Sporting Gijon defender Jorge Mere with a view to a summer swoop.
The 19-year-old is a Spanish Under 21 international and tipped to become a mainstay of the senior team in years to come.
Valencia are favourites to land the centre half if he leaves Sporting but Chelsea are also interested and have sent scouts to watch him.
Mere is already a first-team regular for Sporting and has made over 50 appearances for the La Liga strugglers.
He has also represented Spain at every age group, winning Euro 2015 with the Under 19s, and was called up by the seniors for the first time last May.
Mere is under contract until 2020 and has a £25m release clause but it is understood Sporting are willing to sell.
In Other News
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, will not sign a new contract at Old Trafford if they fail to win this season's Europa League. (Daily Mirror)
But Wenger has told people behind the scenes at the club that it is his intention to stay for another two seasons. (Daily Mirror)
Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants the club to bid for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk this summer - but the 25-year-old Netherlands international could cost £55m. (Liverpool Echo)
Italian side Torino want to take Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan for another season. (Sky Sports)
But City will turn down the Serie A club's bid as they look to sell the 29-year-old England international this summer. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was dropped for Sunday's victory over Sunderland because of a disagreement with boss Jose Mourinho, not because the goalkeeper was injured. (Sun)
If De Gea, 26, moves to Real Madrid this summer, United will demand 27-year-old Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in return. (Independent)
And Mourinho has told De Gea to focus on Manchester United, not on thoughts about his future and renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid. (Independent)
Manchester United's Paul Pogba has accused critics of overburdening him with unrealistic expectations, but insists he has "forgotten" his £89m transfer fee. (Telegraph)
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says 16-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold this summer, despite interest from Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. (Metro)
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde is the favourite to take over from Luis Enrique as manager of Barcelona this summer - but Arsenal are also interested in the Spaniard should Arsene Wenger depart at the end of the season. (Marca)
Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, says he sees himself playing for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte during his career. (Guardian)
Liverpool have held contract talks with Paris St-Germain's 17-year-old defender Mahamadou Dembele. (L'Equipe, via Daily Express)
Turkish side Galatasaray are hoping to secure a deal for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 28. The Ivory Coast international has not played for Stoke City, where he is on loan, since December. (Sun)
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce admits it would be hard to down a big offer for Wilfried Zaha, with Tottenham interested in signing the 24-year-old Ivory Coast winger this summer. (Daily Express)
Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 29, has hinted at a possible move to Manchester City by praising boss Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has made Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross, 29, his top transfer target if the Magpies secure promotion to the Premier League this season. (Independent)
Juventus and Argentina striker Paulo Dybala has signed a contract extension with the Italian champions until 2021. (Calciomercato)
Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet is ready to sell the League One club to an Australian consortium. (Daily Mail)
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli is on the verge of becoming the next Argentina coach following the sacking of Edgardo Bauza on Tuesday. (AS)