Will the sun at the Italian fallen giant finally get to shine bright?
AC Milan are plotting an audacious raid for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Italian side AC Milan have had a disappointing start to the season and have axed Marco Giampaolo after three and a half months in charge at the San Siro. Despite the appointment of Stefano Pioli to succeed Giampaolo, his future at the club seems to be cut short very soon.
The owners Elliott Management have become frustrated at the lack of results and the different managers who have failed to turn around the Serie A club’s fortunes. Now, the Americans want to completely reshape their team and hope to hand the role of architect in that project to a grand name.
According to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, AC Milan have identified current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola as their number one target for rebuilding the team back into a European powerhouse. It is not the first time Guardiola has been linked with a move to Italy, as he was a contender for the Juventus job over the summer.
He spent some of his playing career in Serie A with Brescia and Roma, so speaks the language fluently. As stated by the newspaper, the American hedge fund wants Pep Guardiola to lead the team to success from the 2020/21 season. However, the Spaniard’s contract with the Citizens expires in 2021.
Therefore, Andriy Shevchenko has been identified as the alternative. The former Rossoneri striker has secured a ticket to the Euros next summer with his Ukraine, after beating Portugal at home. The club’s hierarchy is keen to make changes in recruitment as well and are reportedly frustrated with technical director Paolo Maldini and chief football officer Zvonimir Boban.
They feel neither Boban, nor Maldini – who made 902 Milan appearances over the course of 25 years – have the necessary experience. Instead, the Rossoneri chiefs want Ajax’s Marc Overmars to take over their roles, despite the Dutchman recently signing a five year contract until 2024 in Amsterdam.