Today’s Gossip: Chelsea Planning Life Without Courtois; Allegri To The EPL?

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Chelsea are keeping tabs on AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma in case Thibaut Courtois leaves.

Courtois is being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge rumble on.

The Belgian’s current deal is due to expire in 2019 and, come the summer, will have just 12 months to run.

This has led to growing claims Chelsea may be forced to sell Courtois in the summer, with Real Madrid at the front of the queue to sign the 25-year-old.

It is reported that Chelsea would prefer to keep hold of Courtois, but plans are being put in place in case he goes.

Indeed, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Blues are now tracking teen star Donnarumma.

The 19-year-old is reportedly ready to leave AC Milan this summer after his agent, Mino Raiola, fell out with the club’s hierarchy.

Paris Saint-Germain are chasing the Italian, but Chelsea have now seemingly entered the race too.

Allegri Set To Take Reins At Arsenal
Arsenal are homing in on Massimiliano Allegri after being blown away by how he masterminded Tottenham’s Champions League exit.

The Gunners have also been eying Hoffenheim’s whizkid manager Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger this summer, as revealed in Starsport

But chief executive Ivan Gazidis was hugely impressed by Juventus’ stunning recovery at Wembley when they turned round a 1-0 deficit on the night to win 2-1 and go through on aggregate after Allegri made a tactical switch.

Gazidis is also understood to have noted the strong, collective spirit in the Italian champions’ team – something the Gunners have been accused of lacking.

Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat – who was lured from Borussia Dortmund in the summer – has been promoting the case of Nagelsmann, who has become one of the most exciting coaches in Europe since taking charge of Hoffenheim aged just 28.

But Juve’s Wembley masterclass appears to have persuaded Gazidis to put 50-year-old Allegri to the top of his wanted list

In Other News
Former Watford boss Marco Silva is among the candidates for the Southampton manager’s job after they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday. (Mail)

Newcastle will try to sign on-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal but will have to pay up to £15m for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Mirror)

Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in 27-year-old Burnley and Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson. (Sun)

Barcelona have had a deal in place for months to sign France forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, with Atletico Madrid failing to agree terms on a contract extension. ( – in French)

West Brom want manager Alan Pardew to stay his role, but plan to name a new boss in the summer. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners boss. (Sky Sports, via Express)

Arsenal are ready to sell Hector Bellerin to help fund their rebuilding plans, but want £50m for the 22-year-old right-back. Juventus are interested in signing the Spaniard. (Mail)

Philippe Coutinho says he would love 26-year-old Brazil forward Neymar to return to Barcelona. Neymar joined PSG from Barca for £198m last summer, before compatriot Coutinho, 25, moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in January. (Mail)

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has apologised for “sexist and unacceptable” comments he made to a female journalist after his side’s Serie A match on Sunday. (Mail)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, is set to leave Real Madrid this summer, with a return to the Premier League likely. (Diario Gol)

The La Liga side are interested in Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, 25, as a replacement for Bale but have been told they would have to pay 160m euros (£142m) for the Egypt forward. (El Confidencial)

Manchester United are the favourites to sign Bayern Munich’s Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, this summer. (ESPN)

But RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner has told United and Liverpool to forget abut trying to sign him this summer. (Mirror)

England are concerned about the fitness of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, for this summer’s World Cup after he was pictured wearing a protective boot after injuring his ankle against Bournemouth. (Sun)

Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 26, is one of Paris St-Germain’s top summer targets. (Canal + via

Source: wolexis

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