Arsenal: Max Allegri 'Tells Friends' He's Arsene Wenger's Replacement

Juventus manager Max Allegri.
Juventus manager Max Allegri at the Juventus Stadium, Turin, February 25. Allegri has reportedly told friends he wants to manage Arsenal. Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Juventus manager Max Allegri has reportedly told close acquaintances he will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

Calciomercato, the Italian football website, claims the 49-year-old wants to move to Emirates Stadium, and this has hastened Juventus's search for a replacement.

Allegri took over at Juventus from current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, and has won successive Serie A titles with the club known as Italy's "Old Lady." He also reached a UEFA Champions League final with the club in 2015, which it lost to Barcelona.

Wenger, meanwhile, is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer. A veteran of two decades in north London, the Frenchman looks set to miss out on the Champions League quarter-finals, while Arsenal may also face a fight to finish in the Premier League's top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.