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Arsenal want to sound out Juventus manager Max Allegri as part of a recruitment process that will now accelerate significantly as the main European club seasons reach their conclusion.
The first managerial appointment at Arsenal in 22 years is being overseen by chief executive Ivan Gazidis and will be part of a major shake-up this summer across not just the Premier League but many of the elite European clubs.
Arsenal are not settled yet on whether to go all out for an established European heavyweight like Allegri or former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique – and are also still examining younger head coach-style options – but there is a strong internal desire to have made the appointment by at least the start of the World Cup in just over a month.
The process has so far been slowed by a combination of a desire not to undermine current manager Arsene Wenger but above all the practicalities of having several of their main candidates currently in work and completing their seasons elsewhere.
In an exclusive Telegraph interview earlier this year, Allegri indicated that he would eventually like to work in England but it is unclear whether he is yet ready to leave Italy after winning the Serie A title at AC Milan before leading Juventus to three consecutive league and cup doubles and also two Champions League finals.
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