Giovanni Galeone, former mentor of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, believes the Italian will accept a "fantastic" deal reportedly offered by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer.
I think Max will go to Chelsea and will do very well. Allegri is doing incredible things, even if the club failed to buy the players he requested last summer: from Mario Gotze, to Isco.
He will leave Italy, and I see him going to England because the deal Roman Abramovich has offered is really fantastic.
As one of the five best coaches in the world, he has to leave Juventus, it makes no sense for him to stay in Italy.
Luca Borioni of Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t Alex Harris of the Daily Star) recently reported that a deal had already been struck with the Juve boss, while Pisani noted Allegri is considered a "front-runner" to take the reins in west London.
Football writer David Amoyal has praised the 48-year-old for his bold approach to the Champions League, as well as his handling of a difficult situation both on his arrival in Turin and in the summer, in which the Bianconeri lost several key players:
Allegri is the exact opposite of Conte, when the Champion League anthem comes on he becomes an amazing & gutsy coach- bravo— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) September 15, 2015
Great job by @OfficialAllegri he handled pressure of replacing Conte at Juve & now has gotten team really going without Vidal, Tevez, Pirlo— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) January 17, 2016
Both are likely to appeal to Abramovich, who saw his long-held dream of witnessing Chelsea lift Europe's top trophy in 2012 and undoubtedly hopes to see them do so again.
Would Allegri be a good appointment for Chelsea?
There is a clear out potentially on the cards at Chelsea after a difficult season, with captain John Terry set to depart and speculation continuing to surround Eden Hazard's future at the club, according to Kieran Gill of the Daily Mail. Therefore the Blues' next manager will have a tricky situation on his hands, so Allegri's experience in that regard would come in handy.
The Italian enjoyed a strong start to life at AC Milan and won Serie A in 2011—the Rossoneri's first scudetto since 2004—and guided them to second and third-placed finishes in the following seasons before struggling in his fourth campaign with the club.
Amoyal further noted the way he has won over the Bianconeri's fans in a fairly short space of time:
Another sign Allegri has completely put sacking at Milan behind him- Juve fans that were skeptical when he arrived hate the Chelsea rumors— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) February 6, 2016
In his first season with Juventus, Allegri won both Serie A and the Coppa Italia, as well as taking them to a Champions League final. After a difficult start this season, Juve are now firmly in the title race and are enjoying a 14-game winning streak in the league.
However, per Amoyal, the boss has already laughed off suggestions he's set to join Chelsea:
Allegri:"10 million a year from Chelsea? It makes me laugh. I have a contract with Juve until 2017 & I'm happy here" https://t.co/7GZO1k2sg8— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) February 6, 2016
With Pep Guardiola heading to Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti replacing him at Bayern Munich and Jose Mourinho of course off the table, the Blues have relatively few options beyond Allegri if they want to hire one of Europe's top coaches.
Allegri would make a strong choice, but he could take a lot of convincing to leave a good situation in Turin for a difficult one in London.