The Max Allegri to Chelsea rumours are rife in England, and that’s also the case in Italy, where Gabriele Marcotti gives Corriere dello Sport’s readers the low down on the situation on Friday.
A lot of it is very much the same as what is being reported on our shores, yet there are a few tidbits of information worth relaying that we haven’t seen elsewhere.
One of them is what Chelsea are prepared to pay the Juventus manager if he were to end up at Stamford Bridge.
According to Corriere, the Blues would be willing to ‘cover him in gold’ by handing him a wage that would equal José Mourinho’s at Manchester United (around €14m/year).
This would, of course, come after the divorce with Antonio Conte, and while Luis Enrique has been the favourite to replace the former Italy national team manager at Stamford Bridge, Marcotti explains sources close to the London club, that interest has cooled down after hearing what the Spaniard wanted wage wise for himself and his staff.
That’s why Allegri appears to have now overtaken him in the list, with his demands far more ‘svelte’.
A happy manager is a good manager at Chelsea
The overriding emotion of this season for Chelsea has been sadness.
Not only disappointment at the way that our title challenge melted away so quickly, and the way that the transfer we had hoped for in the summer didn’t happen, but also a general downbeatness that has been projected by Antonio Conte in his press conferences all year.
Of course we know Conte’s motivations are to pressure the board, but his drab demeanour has bummed out the fans as well as, it seems, the players.
That’s why the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti seems so appealing for fans, even if they don’t quite know why.
The Italian gives us memories of a more positive time at the Bridge, and his sardonic smile is something much needed around the place right now.
It doesn’t have to be Carlo, but whoever is appointed needs to prioritise bringing the smiles back to the dressing room – and the stands – at Stamford Bridge.