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Leading candidate to replace Wenger wants Barcelona job

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Juventus boss Max Allegri is believed to want the Barcelona job over replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to reports in Catalonia.

The Italian is regarded as one of Europe’s most improved managers since taking charge of Juventus two-and-a-half years ago, winning six domestic honours and making the 2015 Champions League final.

Allegri has been touted as the frontrunner to replace Wenger at Arsenal should the Frenchman step down this summer, with the Italian also considering his options at the end of the season.

But Mundo Depotivo insists Allegri’s next destination is Barcelona, with the outlet also claiming that the Italian has assured Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu that there is no prior agreement with the Gunners to replace Wenger. In addition, Allegri has a good personal relationship with Barca’s sporting director Ariedo Braida when the pair were at AC Milan.

Luis Enrique has confirmed he will be stepping down as Barcelona manager at the end of the season and the likes of Ronald Koeman and Jorge Sampaoli have been linked with the job this summer. However, Allegri looks the favourite as he is more likely to be available than the other tow managers mentioned.

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