Juventus reportedly set to join Chelsea in race for first-choice manager target Zinedine Zidane

The Blues may need to act fast as it’s expected Massimiliano Allegri will leave Turin at the end of the season

Chelsea could soon be put under pressure to make a decision about their managerial situation, with Juventus set to join the Blues in the race for top target Zinedine Zidane.

The Italian champions’ current boss Massimiliano Allegri is on track to win his fifth consecutive Scudetto and is expected to leave the club after achieving this feat.

Zinedine Zidane won nine trophies in two-and-a-half years as Real Madrid manager

One friend told SunSport: “Max is about to win Serie A for the fifth time but all he hears is that he should be doing better in the Champions League. He feels it might be time for a change.”

This would open up a vacancy in Turin that the club would hope to fill with their former star Zidane, according to the report.

Meanwhile, at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri has recently eased the pressure with positive performances against Manchester City and Tottenham.

Before this, it was thought that the Stamford Bridge boss was on the brink of the sack and Zizou was touted as the team’s ideal replacement.

Maurizio Sarri pushed Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus close in last season’s Serie A title race

Maurizio Sarri pushed Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus close in last season’s Serie A title race

Despite the recent upturn in form, there is still a very real possibility that Sarri could not be in charge of the Blues come the start of next season.

Therefore, they have now been put on alert by the possibility of competition to secure Zinedine Zidane’s signature and may have to act fast if they’re to secure him ahead of Juventus.

Zidane quit Real Madrid last summer after claiming his third consecutive Champions League trophy with the club.

The 46-year-old French World Cup winner is known to have an affection for Juve and even recorded a message to their fans three months ago in which he said: “I hope to come soon and spend some time with you. Greetings to all and Forza Juve!”



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