Juventus line up Zinedine Zidane as next manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri

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Set for management return? Zinedine Zidane.

Juventus are keen to appoint club icon Zinedine Zidane as their new manager next season, according to EI Pais.

The legendary Frenchman, who left the Real Madrid hotseat in May after guiding the club to an unprecedented third straight Champions League success, enjoyed a stellar playing career with the Turin giants between 1996 and 2001.

Reportedly, the Serie A giants want to replace Massimiliano Allegri and begin a new cycle at the end of the current campaign – opening the door for Zidane, who is currently a free agent, to move to the Juventus Stadium.

That of course also makes it a real possibility Zizou and Cristiano Ronaldo could once again combine forces.

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Barcelona set to offer Rakitic improved contract as Bayern and PSG target midfielder

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Attracting interest: Ivan Rakitic.

Barcelona are desperate to keep Ivan Rakitic at the Camp Nou and will offer the Croat a bumper new contract soon, Marca reports.

Bayern Munich and more recently Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing the 2018 World Cup finalist, who at 30, is still considered an important man in Blaugrana’s midfield despite the summer arrivals of Arthur and Arturo Vidal.

Although Rakitic’s existing deal runs out in 2021, Barca want to ensure the former Sevilla man remains in Catalonia.

That could mean a new contract for him, including a staggering €125million release clause.

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid chasing Chelsea star Marcos Alonso

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Coveted full-back: Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea could face a fight to keep hold of in-form wing-back Marcos Alonso, according to AS.

Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are preparing offers, believed to be in the region of €30million, for the 27-year-old before the La Liga transfer window closes on August 31.

Alonso is a key man for Maurizio Sarri’s Stamford Bridge side with his ability to contribute at both ends of the pitch.

And although the Spaniard is reportedly happy in west London, a return back to Madrid – his birthplace – could prove hard to turn down.

Indeed, Alonso began his career at Real but struggled to exert himself at the Bernabeu, making just one first-team appearance in total during the 2009-10 campaign.

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