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Massimiliano Allegri has made a flying start to the Serie A campaign with Juventus, but his time at the club could be cut short if he fails to make progress in the Champions League.
The Old Lady have been a dominating force in the domestic league, although the Italian club's uppers are keen to challenge for the title in Europe's elite competition.
After all, Juventus splashed out on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, so bringing in the Champions League all-time top scorer was a big statement of intent.
Tuttosport (via Football Italia) reports that the reigning Serie A champions have lined up three managers to replace Allegri.
According to the Italian newspaper, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and France coach Didier Deschamps are the three names on the club's radar.
Allegri's men will resume their Champions League campaign next Wednesday when they travel to Atlético Madrid for the first leg.
However, the newspaper claims that the 51-year-old Italian manager's future could be on the line if his side makes an exit from the round of 16.
In fact, Tuttosport has said that Zizou is the 'favourite' choice for Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to succeed Allegri.
The 46-year-old Frenchman, who left Los Blancos at the end of last season, has previously been linked with a technical director role at Juventus.
Considering that he is the only manager in history to win three consecutive Champions League titles, it is hardly surprising that he is the favourite choice for the club.
The newspaper says that the Liverpool boss would 'intrigue' Juventus, even though he has a 'solid relationship' with his current club's hierarchy.
Of course, the former Borussia Dortmund manager took Liverpool to the Champions League final last season and is mounting a challenge for the Premier League title this season.
When it comes to Deschamps, he could be the least favourite option out of the three, mainly for how the newspaper said that he is 'always a possibility' and that he is 'more detached' from the rest of the shortlisted choices.
The 50-year-old Frenchman led his country to the World Cup last summer, but he also has a history with Juventus on the fact that he previously managed the club.
Deschamps took over from Fabio Capello in 2006 after the club were relegated to Serie B for their part in the Calciopoli (the match-fixing scandal).
The France boss won the league and promoted the club back to Serie A for the following season.
Allegri recently admitted that his future at Juventus remains uncertain, despite the fact that his side are 11 points clear of second-place Napoli.
"Nothing is certain," he said at a press conference (via Goal).
"I've been fine here at Juventus for five years and I'm happy. I have a contract and I am happy at Juventus.
"I am focused on the present, on our targets for this season. We've won the Supercoppa, now we have to win Serie A and the Champions League."
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