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Juventus To Target Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola And €120m Signing João Félix

Juventus To Target Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola And €120m Signing João Félix

Juventus are preparing a major overhaul in the summer after reports suggest that the club have Pep Guardiola and João Félix at the top of their wish list.

Sport Mediaset reports that the Italian club will target the Manchester City manager as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, whose future at the Old Lady remains in doubt after it was recently revealed that he almost quit ahead of the Napoli match on Sunday.

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While Zinedine Zidane has been one of the names linked with the club for some time, it has been suggested that the reigning Serie A champions are ready to adapt 'their philosophy' to Guardiola's managerial style.

However, Juventus would have a tough task of luring the 48-year-old Spaniard away from the Etihad Stadium, especially as his contract runs until 2021 and he pockets a salary of €23m.

According to Sport Mediaset, Juventus could match the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager's salary if they are able to win Serie A and the Champions League this season.

Guardiola's brother, Pere, has reportedly met with Juventus' directors in Turin and in Milan.

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Zidane, who has been out of management since last summer, would be a more cost-effective option for Juventus, mainly for how the Frenchman's salary would be around €7.5m and would match the one that the club have been paying to Allegri.

Juventus will also turn their attention to the highly rated João Félix in the summer, Diario AS reports (via Football Italia).

The Spanish newspaper says that the club are 'lead[ing] the race' for the 19-year-old Benfica star, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.

In fact, the Old Lady have already put plans into motion after AS claims that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici had held talks in Turin with Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira and Félix's agent, Jorge Mendes.

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Oh, and they are not the only two clubs interested in the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo.'

Yes, Félix has a lot of European clubs keeping an eye on him.

The attacking midfielder, who scored against Porto on Saturday in an important Primeira Liga clash, has also attracted the attention of Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

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Juventus have moved 16 points clear at the top of Serie A following their 2-1 victory over Napoli on Sunday at the San Paolo.

Allegri faces his toughest test when his side host Atlético at the Juventus Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League clash next week.

As a quick reminder, Diego Simeone's men head into the match with a 2-0 lead on aggregate after their first-leg win last month.

Will Allegri leave Juventus in the summer?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Pep Guardiola, Serie A, Zinedine Zidane, old lady, Juventus, Jorge Mendes, João Félix, Napoli, Benfica, Massimiliano Allegri

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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