Massimiliano Allegri is set for a shock return to Juventus as reports said he has agreed terms with the former Italian champions to replace Andrea Pirlo at the helm of the Serie A club.
Juventus are coming from a disappointing campaign by their standards as they finished fourth in the Italian Serie A and were ousted in the Last 16 of the Champions League by Porto. Their only satisfaction was the fact that they won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup.
But that failed to placate criticism towards the leadership of coach Pirlo and the Juventus top hierarchy have now decided to turn to Allegri to restore the team’s place at the top of Italian football.
In fact, reports said that talks between Allegri and Andrea Agnelli have now reached a positive conclusion and is expected to put pen to paper on a three-year contract.
Newly-crowned champions Inter were also linked with Allegri and made a bid for the former Milan coach but the offer arrived too late to change Allegri’s mind as he was already in advanced talks with Juventus.
It is understood that Allegri will be handed between 8.5 and 9 million euros in wages plus bonuses. In case Allegri leads Juventus to Champions League glory he would pocket over 10 million euros.
Meanwhile, Juventus are expected to sack Pirlo in the coming hours, just one year after handing the job to their former midfielder.