Pep Guardiola WILL join Juventus if he makes himself free, a former Juve boss has claimed.
Guardiola, 49, has built up his name in management thanks to his fantastic work in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, his current club.
His contract with the reigning Premier League champions expires in 2021, but Guardiola has yet to commit his future to the Premier League side.
And that’s why the Italian giants are plotting an audacious ‘money no object’ move to land Guardiola, according to The Sun.
It would be a huge coup for the Old Lady, whose domination of Italy is under huge threat this season due to the excellent form of Antonio Conte’s Inter.
A long-term goal for Juventus is also to win a first Champions League title since 1996, a competition Guardiola has won twice as a manager.
And former Juventus boss Luigi Maifredi made a bold prediction about Guardiola’s future.
“The club wanted him last year, but he did nothing due to contracts or promises made to the club.
“It is normal that at the first negative results [for Juventus], his name is once again linked to the Bianconeri.”
Juventus’ latest managerial appointment came only last summer when they hired ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Massimiliano Allegri.
There have been some suggestions that Sarri will be relieved of his duties and Allegri will return to Turin, however, Maifredi does not believe that’s likely to happen.
He added: “I judge the voice of a possible return of Allegri not true, for me it is right to continue with Sarri, at least until the end of the season.”
Guardiola has previously expressed interest in returning to Serie A as manager, having played there with Brescia and Roma in 2002 and 2003.
“Training in Italy? Why not,” Guardiola told Sky Italia after City’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Atalanta in November.
“It was a pleasure [to be there] as a player, with the great [Carlo] Mazzone [former Brescia manager]. I had a great time and I love the country but now I feel good in England, it’s a great championship. But maybe yes, I’m not that old.”