It is likely that this summer’s transfer window will be characterised and marked by managerial movements across Europe. In fact, some teams and managers have already announced their future plans. For instance, Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich in order to manage Manchester City. While the Bavarians have already announced their future manager for next season will be the former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who after a yearlong absence from management is now ready to start again.
However, there are some clubs who still don’t have a clear idea on their next leader. One of those clubs is Chelsea, who are now coached by Guus Hiddink after the departure of José Mourinho. The club is now performing better than before, however chairman Roman Abramovich does not seem keen on keeping Hiddink. In fact, the Italian press has reported that Chelsea have already offered a contract to the Italian national team coach Antonio Conte, who is keen on leaving the national team after Euro 2016. It also seems that Conte and Abramovich have spoken about buying some players to rebuild the team, one of them is the French star Paul Pogba, who would represent an important investment for the club since Juventus will not let him leave for less than £65 million.
Nevertheless, there is still nothing official, in fact, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone could be another possible solution for Abramovich.
Staying in England, it seems that Louis van Gaal will not be the coach of Manchester United next season, with report after report suggesting that the club will be led by Mourinho, who after a bad spell at Chelsea is hungry for success.
Another big team who could face a managerial change is Arsenal who are in a critical moment of their season and were recently knocked out of the FA Cup. Arsenal fans have clashed about whether Arsène Wenger should stay on at the club, however there has not been a signal from the club regarding his future.
Another club that could see a change in manager is Real Madrid, as Zidane‘s short tenure could be up at the end of the season. In fact, according to Marca, the president Florentino Perez is not happy with how the club is performing. With La Liga in the hands of Barca, Zidane’s future could rely on success in the Champions League.
According to some sources, if Real were to sack Zidane, Florentino Perez would try to hire current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who is enjoying a successful season in Serie A.
The Juventus coach is also a potential successor for Italy manager Conte. With either Real Madrid or the national team calling, Allegri might find an offer too hard to refuse.
AC Milan could also have a change at the top, only one year into Siniša Mihajlović‘s reign. Although in this case it is the manager who appears tired of the situation. In fact, the problem seems to be a lack of cohesion within the Milan side. With rumours, confirmed by goalkeeper Christian Abbiati after the recent bad performance against Chievo, that he is tired of some players who do not respect and accept the criticisms of Mihajlović.
In conclusion, the beginning of the transfer window this summer will likely be marked by a managerial merry-go-round across Europe, which probably will affect the balance of European football.