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The story was broken by Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli of Radio Sportiva over the weekend. That Pep Guardiola has agreed a deal to leave Manchester City and take up the vacant managerial role at Juventus.

While Manchester City have continued to deny that there is any truth to the story, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed to indicate that it was true when local newspaper Sport Legnano reported that Allegri was asked by a Juventus fan who his successor would be. He replied: “A manager of Manchester is coming.”

Well we know its not Ole Gunnar Solskjær that is heading to Turin!

Inter ultras have warned that ‘it’ll be a party or war’ at the end of their team’s Serie A match against Empoli this weekend.

Inter need to beat Empoli at home on on Sunday to be certain of a place in next season’s Champions League, but the Tuscans have it all to play for themselves as they need the win to guarantee safety.

“No excuses, only balls on Sunday,” the Curva Nord posted on Facebook.

“We’ll support you for 90 minutes plus injury time, as if we were back in Madrid [for the 2010 Champions League Final], but at the end of the game it’ll be a party or war.

In a deal that has Antonio Conte’s fingers all over it, and shows how bad Inter’s transfer policy was last summer, Inter are reportedly preparing to launch a €30million bid for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, and are prepared to throw in Ivan Perisic to sweeten the deal.

Including Perisic in the deal values Lukaku at around €65m. It was only 12 months ago that Inter turned down a €50m offer from Manchester United for Perisic, whose value was at an all-time high after a successful World Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain reportedly ‘dreams of joining’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri at Juventus next season.

The Argentine striker has endured a mediocre loan spell at Stamford Bridge since January, one that will not see the Blues exercise their option to either sign him permanently or extend his temporary stay.

And according to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Higuain would ideally like to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri

Ronaldo and Higuain spent four years together at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2013.

Sarri To Juventus?

Maurizio Sarri is firmly in the frame as Juventus draw up a shortlist of candidates to replace Max Allegri and Chelsea would not stand in his way.

Allegri has confirmed his departure from Juventus after winning Serie A five times in as many years and extending their reign of Italian titles to eight in a row.

Sarri is in their thoughts as an option in Turin but will not enjoy a clear run at the coveted job.

Juventus came up with an ambitious top tier of targets topped by Pep Guardiola, who has already confirmed he remains committed to Manchester City.

Cristano Ronaldo Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly not keen on Antonio Conte replacing Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus manager this summer.

Allegri’s five-season tenure as Juventus boss came to an end on Sunday as they celebrated an eighth consecutive Serie A title with a 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

Attention now turns to who will succeed Allegri at the Italian champions with former Juve manager Conte among the candidates.

Ronaldo’s attitude towards Conte was on display during Allegri’s farewell press conference, when a question about Conte emerged. Ronaldo was reportedly seen shaking his head and making a telling grimace when the question came about, letting the world know what he thinks.

Champions League Qualification If..

As we go into the final 90 minutes of the Serie A season, Atalanta, Inter, Milan and Roma are battling for two Champions League places.

Juventus and Napoli have already secured the top two, but third and fourth remain up for grabs.

Atalanta and Inter both have 66 points, but the Orobici are in third thanks to their superior head-to-head record.

Milan trail on 65 points, with Roma outsiders on 63.

Inter Champions League if…

They beat Empoli

OR

They at least match Milan’s result

OR

They lose and Milan draw

Roma are reportedly set to promote Francesco Totti to the role of technical director. Roma are looking for a replacement after Mochi returned to Sevilla shortly after leaving following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco in March.

And Roma legend Totti is being lined up for the role, which would hand him a prominent place in day-to-day life at the club and a leading voice in player recruitment.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Totti will have more of a say in the management of Roma’s dressing room and recruitment.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus after the club confirmed the Italian coach will leave at the end of the season.

The 51-year-old Italian coach has won five Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia four times during his five years in charge of the Turin-based side, as well as finishing runners-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017.

The club released a statement to confirm the news, which read: ‘Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019-20 season.

Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps has become the new favorite to replace Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus boss, according to reports in Italy.

The France manager led Juventus back into Serie A following the hugely controversial Calciopoli scandal that relegated the club to the second division.

And now according to Italian publication Tuttosport, Deschamps is closing in on a sensational return to Turin as he wants to complete the work he left unfinished in 2007.

Tuttosport also report that Deschamps would be able to work under Juventus’ budget and he already has the club’s ‘blessing’.