After reports that Jürgen Klopp was being sounded out about taking over at Juventus, “news” has now apparently broken last night that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has allegedly agreed to replace Massimiliano Allegri on a four-year contract.
The news comes from Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli, who remains one of the only individuals to attest to the truth of the claim via RadioSportiva. That said, Fox Sports are now running with his report now too.
We must repeat – at this stage this is all merely speculation. We simply want to outline the fact that these “stories” are circulating on Twitter.
Deal done ✅@RadioSportiva
— Federico Gennarelli (@F_Genna88) May 21, 2019
HUGE NEWS 👇🔥
Translation: Done deal! Pep Guardiola will be the Juventus coach. 4-year contract. ☑️ https://t.co/ipswuA97eK
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) May 21, 2019
Football Italia have also reported that Pep met with sporting director Fabio Paratici in Milan, but it remains likelly that he won’t be leaving City. As is the case with Klopp at Anfield, it seems he’ll be ignoring their approaches and staying in England for the time being.
As recently as last Friday, the City manager tried to rebuff the idea: “How many times do I have to say it? I’m not going to Juventus, I’m not going to love to Italy,” he pleaded.
“I’m satisfied here and I’m not going anywhere. Next season I will be manager of Man City, I’ve said that many times.”
Pep Guardiola met with Juventus’s director in Milan, according to Radio Onda Cero ⚫⚪
Could he really be Allegri’s successor? 🤯 pic.twitter.com/cROGJyxqpC
— Goal (@goal) May 21, 2019
In his own words, he’ll be here competing against us in the Premier League next season.
After failing in their impossible attempt to get Klopp to take over in Turin, it seems they might now at least be talking to Guardiola. The Catalan now has nothing left to prove domestically having won the treble this season, but the Champions League has eluded him in Manchester.
While Klopp’s taken us to back-to-back finals, with the opportunity to make it No. 6 in Madrid in less than two weeks time.
Anyway, whether this story has legs is clearly up for conjecture, but it remains important for us to at least report the idea that this notion is being spoken about on Twitter.