Arsenal are planning to secure Massimiliano Allegri after being blown away by how he masterminded Tottenham’s Champions League exit.
The Gunners have also been eying Hoffenheim’s whizkid manager Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger this summer, as revealed in Starsport
But chief executive Ivan Gazidis was hugely impressed by Juventus’ stunning recovery at Wembley when they turned round a 1-0 deficit on the night to win 2-1 and go through on aggregate after Allegri made a tactical switch.
Gazidis is also understood to have noted the strong, collective spirit in the Italian champions’ team - something the Gunners have been accused of lacking.
Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat - who was lured from Borussia Dortmund in the summer has been promoting the case of Nagelsmann, who has become one of the most exciting coaches in Europe since taking charge of Hoffenheim aged just 28.
But Juve’s Wembley masterclass appears to have persuaded Gazidis to put 50-year-old Allegri to the top of his wanted list.
Allegri has spent the past year learning English and in the past three seasons he has done the double with the Turin giants and taken them to two Champions League finals.