Massimiliano Allegri has put himself forward for the Barcelona job, claim Mundo Deportivo, amid speculation Ernesto Valverde will be fired.
There are multiple reports in Spain that Valverde’s future will be decided today in meetings between President Josep Maria Bartomeu, CEO Oscar Grau, transfer chief Eric Abidal, assistants Ramon Planes and Javier Bordas.
Xavi Hernandez had been the first choice, but the club legend currently working in Qatar refused to take over mid-season, leaving the door open for a summer switch.
According to Mundo Deportivo newspaper, Allegri’s agents proposed the former Milan and Juventus coach for the Camp Nou bench.
He is currently taking a sabbatical after the end of his rapport with Juve, having won five consecutive Serie A titles and reached two Champions League Finals.
Other candidates include recently sacked Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, ex-Real Betis coach Quique Setien and current Estudiantes de La Plata boss Gabriel Milito.
Barcelona will face Napoli in the Champions League Round of 16 next month, but without Luis Suarez, as the striker has been ruled out for four months by injury.
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