Juventus could pounce on first available option as Allegri meets with club

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According to Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus is already working to replace Antonio Conte, who resigned earlier Tuesday morning.

The report says the club has already met with – yep – Massimialno Allegri, whose four years at AC Milan weren’t exactly the brightest they could possibly be.

In addition, Tuttomercato is reporting that Allegri is already in heavy discussions with Juventus about the position.

Unfortunately for Juventus, there really aren’t that many great options available this late into the offseason.

The stages are still early, but it would be fair to say at this point Allegri is the leader in the clubhouse for the position.

Other names currently available that make sense would be Roberto Mancini, Fabio Cappello, and David Moyes, none of which cause fans to jump off their couches.  Zinedine Zidane’s name has also been tossed around, but he has zero managerial experience.

To be fair to Allegri’s past, he had to work under the power-hungry pair of Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani in his former position.

Allegri spent from 2010 to 2014 with AC Milan, dismissed in early January with the Italian giants in serious decline. He won the Serie A title in his first season in charge, but after that things have been steadily downhill.

Mancini departed his post after just one season at Galatasaray earlier this summer, Cappello disappointed with Russia at the World Cup despite being the highest-paid national team coach in the world, and Moyes has said he wants a Champions League job after his disappointment at Manchester United.

The Tuttomercato report says the club has had no contact with Mancini.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.