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Why Allegri could leave for the Premier League amid summer of change at Juventus

13:00 GMT+3 06/04/2018
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The fate of several senior stars, and the manager, is set to be decided, and it could be the perfect opportunity for the 50-year-old to say goodbye

The future of Massimiliano Allegri is just one of the issues set to be addressed by Juventus during a summer of much change in Turin.

While the Bianconeri remain on course for a seventh successive Serie A title, a humbling Champions League defeat to Real Madrid has highlighted the need to evolve in order to keep pace with the European elite.

Juve are aware that no cycle, regardless of how dominant it may be domestically, can last forever and warning bells were sounded at the Allianz Stadium against Real, with Cristiano Ronaldo inspiring a 3-0 win for the holders .

As a result of that defeat, Juve have acknowledged the need to oversee a freshening up of their ranks.

Seven years of success have defined an era and rewritten the history books, with Juve having dominated Italian football -  the challenge now is to find those capable of maintaining the upward curve and filling the sizeable shoes of those that have gone before them.

Some tough, maybe even unpopular choices are going to have to be made, with restructuring set to be implemented from the top down.

On the playing side, Gianluigi Buffon, Andreas Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini saw their ageing limbs run ragged by Ronaldo and Co. against Real, and that iconic trio appears destined to become a duo as the legendary goalkeeper prepares to hang up his gloves.

Buffon, having passed his 40th birthday, is already assured of his standing among the all-time greats and seems ready to embrace the challenges which await him outside of a position between the posts .

Barzagli may have one more season in him, and Chiellini is set to pen fresh terms through to 2020, but one of the finest defensive units in history is being slowly broken up.

Leonardo Bonucci left the ‘BBC’ for Milan in 2017, Buffon may be next to head for the exits, while 2018 could also spell the end for long-serving duo Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah – with both player's contracts up in the summer.

Claudio Marchisio, a club stalwart that has now been restricted to a bit-part role off the bench, may also be moved on amid much talk of interest from America and leading MLS sides.

Then, there is the small matter of what happens next for head coach Allegri.

Although the 50-year-old remains under contract until 2020, there has been no hiding the fact that Allegri will one day seek a new challenge abroad  - in his own words, he is "finished" in Italy when he leaves Juve.

A Premier League move is already being mooted.

Chelsea may look to Italy again for a successor to Antonio Conte should they embrace their own summer of change at Stamford Bridge, while several names are in the frame to succeed Arsene Wenger when the time comes for him to walk away.

As reported by Goal , the accord between Wenger and the executives above him at Arsenal remains unchanged, with the two parties set to make a joint decision on the Frenchman's future at the end of season .

Allegri’s appeal to any club in the market for a new boss is obvious, as he has forged a reputation as one of the finest tacticians in world football and has four Serie A titles to his name.

Lucrative offers from England would seemingly be difficult to turn down, especially if the perfect window in which to say goodbye to Juve presents itself.

With focus locked on the present for now, Allegri has the opportunity to wrap up another top-flight crown and Coppa Italia – with a potential double set to take him to nine titles across four seasons.

Bowing out on top is always the best way to go, and Juve may have a few familiar faces doing just that over the months ahead.