By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Roma have made Massimiliano Allegri their No.1 trainer target as they face being priced out of a move for Roberto Mancini, Goal.com has learned.
The Serie A club have drawn up a €2.5million-a-year offer to entice AC Milan head coach Allegri this summer. The Rossoneri boss' position at San Siro is in doubt beyond this season, with Milan legend and former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, who is currently in charge at Parma, the favourite to replace him.
Roma are expected to dispense with the services of interim boss Andrea Andreazzoli unless he steers the club to an unlikely Champions League place. The Giallorossi lie fifth in Serie A, seven points behind third-placed Milan.
Roma's American owners have tasked general manager Franco Baldini and sporting director Walter Sabatini with recruiting a proven coach who can spark a change in fortunes at the Olympic Stadium. The club are preparing to appoint their fourth boss in two years following the short-lived regimes of Luis Enrique and Zdenek Zeman, who was fired in February.
Mancini is among the trainers who have been considered for the post as doubts continue to surround his future at Manchester City following a disappointing defence of their Premier League title. The Italian coach, who is in the first season of a five-year contract at Etihad Stadium, is believed to want around €5m-a-year to take over at Roma, a salary that is beyond the club.
Goal.com understands that Sabatini and Baldini have made third-party contact with Allegri and are increasingly confident of striking a deal with the 45-year-old.
Although Allegri's Milan contract runs for another 15 months, club president Silvio Berlusconi is considering a change of coach at the end of the season.
Berlusconi wants to appoint a former Milan player who is well acquainted with the club environment and his top target is Donadoni.
The 49-year-old is contracted to Parma until 2015 but the club are steeling themselves for an approach from Milan.