Why Juventus changes could yet pave way for Pirlo Tottenham move

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Antonio Conte’s exit coupled with the arrival of Massimiliano Allegri could prompt Andrea Pirlo to depart Juventus with Spurs one club keen on the star.

Sceptical Tottenham fans far and wide no doubt found themselves in fits of laughter after reports emerged linking the Lilywhites to Italy World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo.

But while any link between the north London club and the veteran midfielder remains just that at this stage, the reality is that the 35-year-old could well be weighing up a move away from Turin following a week of major changes at Juventus.

On Tuesday the news that Pirlo must have been dreading finally broke: Antonio Conte was leaving the Old Lady for a fresh challenge elsewhere.

There’s a chance that Pirlo would have seen the departure coming too with Cesare Prandelli’s resignation as Italy manager paving the way for Conte to realise one of his personal ambitions by taking the reins of the Azzurri.

Though that remains merely speculation as this stage, the fundamental truth is that Conte may have also surmised that he had taken Juventus as far as they could go domestically, with the club failing to hit the same heights they enjoyed in the 1990s on the continent.

Ever a man of the people, Pirlo’s reaction to what followed is unlikely to be too dissimilar to that of many Bianconeri fans, with former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri almost immediately brought in as the replacement.

For Juve supporters, Allegri’s arrival prompted concern after witnessing the difficult final few months the Italian endured at the helm of the Rossoneri during which time Milan put in a series of abject displays that saw them slide down the table.

Dismissed midway through the campaign, it would have been galling to fans of the Old Lady that a Milan cast-off could be brought in as Juventus’ first choice coach.

But while Pirlo is likely to have shared all of these sentiments, there was also something personal at stake here: Allegri was the man who had ended Pirlo’s love affair with AC.

Deemed surplus to requirements by the Diavolo, Pirlo found solace in the arms of an old foe in Juventus, a club where he has seemingly gone from strength-to-strength in his twilight years.

Unlikely to let any grudges go, the question now is whether the player and manager can work together again. Pirlo only recently signed a new two-year deal with the Italian giants, but if Allegri is willing to sanction a swift exit, Tottenham could be a viable destination for the midfielder.

The 35-year-old once came close to joining Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and would undoubtedly relish the chance to enjoy a swansong in the Premier League, living in the city he once nearly called home.

Where once the idea of Pirlo at White Hart Lane prompted derision, it’s fast becoming far from a laughing matter.

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