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Chelsea and Arsenal’s top managerial candidate responds to transfer rumors

With both Chelsea and Arsenal looking for new managers, the Premier League giants have been shortlisting the best of the best.

With both Juventus and Napoli fighting for the Serie A, both their managers have been seriously linked with a move away, especially since the Serie A is the only title race that remains to be decided among Europe’s top five leagues. However, with both Arsenal and Chelsea shortlisting both Massimiliano Allegri, Mauzziro Sari, Luis Enrique and Carlo Ancelotti among others, things could get interesting next summer.

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Both clubs want and possible need new managerial blood, with both Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger struggling to live up to their legacies. While Chelsea did win the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s debut season, this season has seen things go from bad to worse, with the former Juventus boss falling out with the Chelsea board among other things. Meanwhile, for Arsenal, the once great Arsene Wenger, watches as his legacy gets torn apart by critics and fans week after week.

The Gunners sit sixth in the Premier League table, a mere two points ahead of seventh-placed Burnley and six points behind Chelsea, with both clubs struggling to hit the top four this season. But Arsenal is in the Europa League semi-finals and face tough opposition in Atletico Madrid, while Chelsea was humiliated by Barcelona in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

That’s why they have both targeted Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to be their next manager, as the 50-year-old is one of the best and most respected managers in the world. However, the Serie A Champions can breathe a sigh of relief as their manager has reiterated his commitment to the Turin side in an interview.

“I have a contract until 2020 and I am happy here. I am in harmony with the club,” he told Mediaset Premium. “I go on vacation when the transfer window opens because I trust the club completely. We still need to meet some objectives. If we don’t win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia they might not still want me. We’ll talk it over the way we always do, every year. There’s no difference.”

Author’s take:

Bringing in someone as good and experienced as Massimiliano Allegri would only help both Chelsea and Arsenal, but the Blues’ shouldn’t sack Antonio Conte just yet. The Italian did win the Premier League title in his debut season, but while he has struggled this season, Chelsea could still end up in a Champions League spot.

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