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Allegri set for Juve talks, but what about Rodgers?

Posted on May 07, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Massimiliano Allegri, one of the several names reported to be on Arsenal’s shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger this summer, is set to discuss his future with his current club as the season draws to its close, according to Sky Sports.

Juventus are very close to winning the Serie A title for the seventh consecutive year, and only need one point more to make it official.

Having been out of work for half a season following his sacking from AC Milan in January 2014, Allegri took over from Antonio Conte at Juventus in the summer that year and has been highly successful with the Turin giants domestically, and he has even led them into two Champions League finals – in 2015 when they lost to Barcelona and in 2017 when Real Madrid got the better of them.

With a year remaining on his contract, the Italian might be willing to seek a new challenge at this point in his career, and the post-Wenger Arsenal would be a great opportunity to showcase his team-building skills. However, the talks with Juventus are still to be held and the Gunners will probably be thirsty for news of its outcome as they seek to learn if hiring Allegri is a genuine possibility or not.

But as Arsenal wait to see what happens there, former Gunner Kevin Campbell says the club should definitely consider Brendan Rodgers as an option.

Rodgers took over at Swansea in 2010. The Swans were playing in the Championship at the time, but the Northern Irishman took them to the Premier League and established them as a regular top-flight team, before joining Liverpool in 2012. In his second season at Anfield, he took them as close to the league title as they’ve been since they last won it in 1990. But he was unable to cope with the losses of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and the team’s quality plummeted, resulting in his dismissal in October 2015.

However, he’s highly successful with Celtic at the moment, and following his Premier League experience with Swansea and Liverpool, Campbell believes Rodgers has learned how to be a winner with Celtic, and thinks he can bring that winning mentality with him to the Emirates.

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