Tottenham to Target Massimiliano Allegri if Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Spurs This Summer

​Tottenham could look to bring in departing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.

Pochettino has hinted on several occasions that he would be open to leaving north London for a new challenge and is now the favourite for the Juventus job following Allegri’s departure. Allegri, who led Juventus to an eighth consecutive Serie A title this season, is Spurs’ number one candidate should the Argentine leave.

As reported by the Express, Spurs, who haven’t signed a single player during the last two transfer windows, would have to give Allegri spending assurances to secure the Italian’s signature.

​Juve announced Allegri’s departure on Friday despite the manager winning ​Serie A in each of his five seasons in charge, as well as claiming four Coppa Italia titles.

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Allegri also led Juventus to two ​Champions League finals, though the club were knocked out by Ajax in the quarter-finals this season. Allegri has attracted criticism for his style of play at times, with some believing his tactics are too negative and that he failed to get the best out of Paulo Dybala. 

The Old Lady have now ​made Pochettino their number one target after watching him lead Spurs to their first Champions League final. ​Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will no doubt want to keep hold of Pochettino, though Allegri would represent a high calibre replacement should the Argentine push for a move.

Allegri has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and turned down the Arsenal job last summer due to budget concerns. The Italian has also been mooted for the Manchester United hotseat in the past, while Chelsea are also tracking developments with the future of Maurizio Sarri uncertain.

However, with United having recently appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea facing a two-window transfer ban, Spurs are Allegri’s preferred destination should he move to England this summer.

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Bournemouth Preparing £15m Bid for Burnley Goalkeeper Nick Pope to Replace Asmir Begovic

Eddie Howe has identified Burnley and England goalkeeper Nick Pope as a summer transfer target, with Bournemouth preparing a £15m bid for the stopper.

Pope enjoyed an excellent 2017/18 campaign which earned him a place in England’s World Cup squad. However, a serious shoulder injury suffered last July saw Pope slip to third in the Burnley pecking order behind Tom Heaton and Joe Hart, with the goalkeeper failing to appear in the Premier League this season.

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Nonetheless, the Daily Mail reports that Eddie Howe is keen to recruit Pope this summer. The Cherries are keen to secure a replacement for Asmir Begovic, who disappointed last campaign. 

​Bournemouth have also been tracking Stoke’s Jack Butland and considered offering Begovic to his former club as part of the deal. However, Pope represents a cheaper option and is now Howe’s number one choice.

​Burnley are open to Pope leaving, with Tom Heaton now firmly established as Sean Dyche’s number one. Heaton has also overtaken Pope in the England pecking order and is part of Gareth Southgate’s preliminary squad for this summer’s Nations League finals.

The Clarets are also thought to be keen to move Joe Hart on following his poor form this season. Hart has been linked with newly promoted ​Norwich City and Championship club Blackburn Rovers in recent weeks.

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Bouremouth have already been busy in the transfer window, securing the services of defender ​Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City in a £13m deal. 

England under-21 international Kelly can play in the centre of defence and at left-back, and will provide cover for Charlie Daniels who is facing a lengthy spell out following knee surgery.

Eddie Howe’s side impressed in the early parts of the season but struggled with poor form in the second half of the campaign, eventually finishing 14th. The club kept ten clean sheets and conceded 70 goals throughout the course of the Premier League season, and Howe has made strengthening the defence a priority this summer.

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Man Utd Approach for Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana ‘Rejected’ as Red Devils Evaluate Barca Stopper

​Ajax have turned down an approach from Manchester United for their goalkeeper Andre Onana, with the Dutch champions under no pressure to sell the Cameroonian.

A series of error-strewn displays from the normally reliable David de Gea has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling the need to bolster his options between the sticks with the 23-year-old on the club’s radar.


With the window now open, ​United made an offer the sign the former ​Barcelona youth player, but were ‘rejected’ by the Eredivisie outfit according to Daily Record journalist ​Duncan Castles. Red Devils vice-chairman Ed Woodward to looking to bring in youthful players during the summer who equally have the potential to increase in value, with the young goalkeeper ticking all the boxes in that respect.

Erik ten Hag’s side have already sold Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona, while Matthijs de Ligt is destined to leave the Dutch capital as well, meaning the club expect to gross over €150m on the pair alone. As such, the sale of Onana is not high on their list of priorities with the club under no pressure to sell.

Castles claims the club value the Cameroonian at €40m, which United deem ‘inflated’, therefore they may turn their attention towards Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. Both Onana and Cillessen are known for their ball-playing abilities, a move that could hint towards a potential tactical switch for the ​Premier League outfit.

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Should the Red Devils move for the Dutch goalkeeper he would command a less hefty fee, with Castles stating La Blaugrana are seeking €25m plus performance-related variables for the 30-year-old shot-stopper. The player himself is keen on a move away from the Camp Nou, after making just five ​La Liga appearances in the past three seasons.

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Mark Lawrenson Backs Joel Matip for Starting Role in Champions League Final Against Spurs

​Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has hailed Reds centre-back Joel Matip, insisting that the former Schalke man defender must start the Champions League final against Spurs in Madrid.

Matip has become a key player for Jurgen Klopp, despite starting the season as fourth choice behind Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez. 

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Matip managed just 95 minutes in Liverpool’s first 14 Premier League games, but injuries to Lovren and Gomez opened the door to the Cameroonian – who has impressed alongside Van Dijk in the second half of the season.

Former Reds defender Lawrenson has identified Matip as crucial to Liverpool’s brilliant form, telling the club’s website: “He has been a bonus because he has been coming out with the ball and committing opposition midfield players.

“If you’re a midfield player in that team, you’re looking at that and thinking it’s great because he’s giving you a little bit more room to play.”

Liverpool’s backline has been a major strength this season, keeping 21 clean sheets in the ​Premier League and conceding just 22 goals.

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Van Dijk has taken many of the plaudits and won the PFA Player of the Year award, while £66.8m summer signing Alisson won the Golden Glove award.

Joe Gomez impressed alongside Van Dijk at the start of the season and is finally available again, but Lawrenson insisted Klopp must stick with Matip when the Reds face off against Mauricio Pochettino’s ​Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“It would be tough on Matip [to not start the final]. He has been really, really good – and not just defensively. I think it’ll be Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk [in the final], I can’t see any other combination.”

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While Matip looks set to start in Madrid, he may have a battle on to keep his place next season. Gomez will push for a starting spot next to Van Dijk if he can keep fit, while ​Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Ajax captain ​Matthijs de Ligt.

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Jurgen Klopp Explains How He Wants His Liverpool Side to Play in Champions League Final

​Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has instructed his players to play ‘LFC football’ when they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.

The Reds are known for their aggressive, fast-paced, attacking football under the German coach and the 51-year-old has insisted wants his side to showcase those qualities against Spurs at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.

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Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp stressed how difficult a game he expects to face against the north London side, and claimed the best hope his team has to be victorious is to play in their usual style.

The German said: “There are no easy games. In the Champions League there are no easy games, so why should the final be easy? Certainly not. So far we’ve always used our experience in these moments, during every moment in our season.

That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.

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We know that already, so why should we think too much about it? If we are really at our absolute top level then we are a difficult team to play against, but we know Tottenham are as well.”

Despite ultimately falling short in their attempt to lift the Premier League trophy, Klopp’s side have been outstanding all campaign and now find themselves in a second European Cup final in as many years, while Spurs are competing in the first in their club’s history.

Both sides will be high on confidence heading into the showpiece event, with each having secured a remarkable comeback in the semi-finals.

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Liverpool overturned a three-goal deficit against Spanish champions Barcelona with an incredible 4-0 victory at Anfield in their second leg, while Tottenham also found themselves three behind against Ajax with just 35 minutes remaining before a Lucas Moura hat-trick saw them through on away goals.

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