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Arsenal are confident of hiring Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager after holding crunch talks with his representatives.
The Times reports that the highly-rated Juventus coach, who is on the verge of having masterminded another Serie A and Coppa Italia double-winning campaign, has sought, via intermediaries, assurances over the club’s transfer budget and staffing.
Arsenal are already said to have relieved Arsene Wenger’s right-hand man Boro Primorac and goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton of their duties, while long-serving pair Neil Banfield and Tony Colbert are also set to depart, but the club are keen to retain the services of Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann.
On Friday Yahoo Sport claimed Allegri held three key reservations about taking the Arsenal job, surrounding the quality of the current first team squad, the lack of transfer funds and the pressure of being the man to succeed Wenger.
Allegri has, however, reportedly been learning English ahead of a potential move to the Premier League in search of a new challenge following a trophy-laden four-year tenure in Turin.
The 50-year-old has held talks with Juventus over extending his contract but is said to harbour concerns over the Serie A champions’ ability to compete in the transfer market with an ageing squad, and defence in particular, in need of an overhaul.
Arsenal remain determined to make an appointment before the start of the World Cup and made Allegri their first choice as soon as Wenger’s future had been publicly clarified.