Massimiliano Allegri has not ruled out the prospect of remaining at Juventus past the summer, according to Yahoo Sport and he would only move to the Premier League if his new club can provide him with the conditions to compete.
That could represent a major blow for Arsenal because the Independent reported this week that Allegri is their top target to replace the departing Arsene Wenger.
The crux of the report is that Allegri is keeping his options open. It states that he would stay at Juventus if the Italian giants backed him with a spending spree to overhaul a squad that fell short in the Champions League this season after making the final last time around.
However, it also says that he is considering a move to the Premier League. The idea of living in London reportedly appeals to him and he would be prepared to move to Arsenal, or indeed London rivals Chelsea, should they ditch Allegri’s countryman Antonio Conte.
But, Allegri apparently wants to ensure that his new club give him the opportunity to win things in England and it remains to be seen whether he thinks Arsenal fit that bill.
It’s never an ideal situation when the manager you have reportedly installed as your top choice lays out his transfer demands to his current club, who look set to win their seventh straight league title.
Further, a man keeping his options open is hardly screaming out commitment to take over the project at Arsenal and that may not impress the club’s fans greatly either.
Considering the alternative would reportedly be Mikel Arteta, who has never been a manager, the Gunners hierarchy will be hoping to convice Allegri they could be competitive with him in charge next season.