Announcing he would be leaving Juventus after five years at the helm, Max Allegri will be looking for a new challenge next year.
This means the Serie A champions will need to replace him, and a number of names have already circulated, including that of Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.
The odd article has already been written about this here and there in the Italian media, yet TuttoMercatoWeb take it a step further on Tuesday, claiming a meeting has taken place between Fabio Paratici, the man in charge of finding Allegri’s replacement, and an intermediary acting on behalf of the Spurs manager, Franck Trimboli.
The encounter is said to have taken place in Milan at the Palazzo Parigi, and Pochettino is described as being the ‘first name’ on their list.
The Tottenham manager has hinted here and there that he could end up looking elsewhere next season should his side lift the Champions League on June 1st, and a lot could rest on what Daniel Levy’s vision for the club is going forward.
However, it’s widely known that Pochettino doesn’t actually have an agent, so it’s unlikely Trimboli is all of sudden his representative.
Another report, from Calciomercato, also covers the meeting. However, they state Trimboli was there as a ‘Tottenham intermediary’, and Juventus wanted to let Spurs know of their interest in the manager.
The Turin club are ‘probing’ the ground to try and see if there’s any chance of Pochettino being released this summer.
Calciomercato say the meeting happened at about 1pm at a Milan hotel, and Trimboli left the building at 5.30pm.
Their report seems more believable.