Right, I just wonder if Italian and British media sometimes get bored with the day-to-day of beat reporting.
Why else would I nearly choke on my morning Coke Zero upon reading the headline:
“Inter look to swoop Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus …” (In the Daily Mail, not below)
Creative language aside (I don’t know when ‘swoop’ became a common football reference and not so much about birds, but we really need to stop), I had to take a look at this story, first published by Tuttosport and followed up by the Daily Mail in the UK and Corriere dello Sport.
Apparently, we have written off Luciano Spalletti (and after yesterday’s defeat at Cagliari … that’s right, Cagliari … more and more people are jumping on the #SackSpalletti bandwagon), and the Nerazzurri have their next manager in their sights.
Jose Mourinho? No.
Diego Simeone? Nay.
Antonio Conte? Nope.
How about, oh I don’t know … Massimiliano Allegri?
The rationale behind this potential deal is, not only do Allegri and current Inter CEO Beppe Marotta have history – as Marotta was CEO for Juventus for many years until January 2019 – but also because the Old Lady have their sights set on former Chelsea boss Conte to come in and … I really don’t know what he would come in and do.
It really makes no sense considering Juventus is on its way to its 1,000th straight Scudetto (actually their eighth, but is seems like forever since someone else claimed the Serie A title). They signed Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and Aaron Ramsey is coming next season. So why part ways with Allegri now?
Secondly, what would make anyone believe … outside of the relationship with Marotta … that Inter Milan would want Allegri as their first choice?
Then again, Allegri may decide to stay with Juventus after his meeting with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli in April. In that case, Inter could purse Conte to replace Spalletti.
Of course all of this thinking is based on the belief that Inter is cutting loose of Spalletti at the end of the season … almost regardless of how the Nerazzurri finish the campaign.
It is also taking into account that Conte would come back and manage a team in Italy. Or, that he wouldn’t get a better deal to manage elsewhere in Europe.
What do you think? Post your comments below!