Leonardo has much to prove on his return to Paris Saint-Germain as the club's new sporting director, according to Willy Sagnol.

The Ligue 1 club confirmed the Brazilian's appointment on Friday, just hours after announcing they had parted company with Antero Henrique, who had been in the role since June 2017.

PSG retained their domestic title in the 2018-19 but once again failed in their quest to win the Champions League, losing at the last-16 stage to Manchester United in dramatic circumstances.

During Leonardo's previous spell as sporting director, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti were all brought in, the latter signed from Pescara when still a teenager.

However, Sagnol has questioned the impact Leonardo had in his one season with AC Milan, as the Serie A side missed out on a top-four finish despite spending heavily in the transfer market.

"Leonardo has done good things," the former France international said on RMC radio.

"He got Marco Verratti and that is very good, but today you are in a dynamic where you are in a much more targeted recruitment.

"To judge Leonardo, we must judge what he did. In Milan, they spent 200million not to qualify for the Champions League and they found themselves out of the spotlight of financial fair play.

"Leonardo's last two experiences as a sports director, it was a lot of expense and not the expected results."

Rumoured Inter transfer targets Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku would make for a "devastating" strike partnership, according to Nerazzurri great Christian Vieri.

Inter are believed to be interested in signing both forwards as new boss Antonio Conte reshapes a squad that only narrowly secured a top-four finish in Serie A.

Reports state target man Dzeko is close to completing a switch from Roma, while Lukaku's mixed spell at Manchester United will come to an end if the clubs can reach an agreement.

At 33 and with a year left to run on his contract, Dzeko could make the move for a cut-price fee and former Italy star Vieri wants to see the Bosnia-Herzegovina international at San Siro.

"He is the most complete striker in Italy," Vieri told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He is very strong physically, he has technique, heading ability, he shoots very well with both feet.

"He scores and helps his team-mates score. With him and Lukaku, Inter would become devastating."

Inter's city rivals, AC Milan, have their own decisions to make in attack.

Marco Giampaolo is reportedly set to be appointed head coach and one of his first tasks will be to resolve the future of Gonzalo Higuain, who is coming to the end of an uninspiring loan spell at Chelsea.

Vieri spent time at the Rossoneri in the twilight of his career and counselled the club against selling the experienced Higuain, despite the presence of Krzysztof Piatek as the established first-choice striker.

"There's no question. He's scored a mountain of goals," Vieri said of Higuain.

"He wasn't happy at Milan for many reasons, and it was impossible to adapt to English football with Chelsea in a few months.

"If I were a sports director I would bet with my eyes closed on Higuain."

Marco Giampaolo has moved a step closer to becoming AC Milan's new head coach after leaving Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacancy at San Siro following Gennaro Gattuso's departure last month.

Giampaolo joined Sampdoria in 2016 from Empoli and guided them to 11th, 10th and ninth-place finishes respectively during his three seasons at the club.

He had been contracted until June 2020, but the club confirmed on Saturday that he has left the Stadio Luigi Ferraris along with his backroom staff.

Giampaolo told the club's official website: "I thank the president and everyone at Sampdoria for three incredible seasons. I had a good time in Genoa, and we had a good time together.

"My thanks to all the managers, collaborators, employees and players of the club. You remain in my heart like all Sampdoria fans."

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero added: "We thank Marco for the three seasons with us. We grew up together, we enjoyed a lot of satisfaction and now we wish him good luck for the continuation of his career."

If Giampaolo does join Milan, he will link-up with Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban, who were named as the club's new technical director and chief football officer respectively on Friday.

Paolo Maldini has been named AC Milan's new technical director, while Zvonimir Boban has been appointed to the newly created role of chief football officer.

Milan icon Maldini replaces Leonardo in the post, with the Brazilian reported to be returning to a similar post at former club Paris Saint-Germain.

Boban, who played for the club between 1991 and 2001, has left FIFA - where he was the body's deputy secretary general - to return to Milan.

Maldini previously worked as Milan's sporting strategy and development director but Ivan Gazidis, the club's chief executive, feels he is the right man to succeed Leonardo.

"Paolo embodies that quality and those values that are the building blocks of our club," he told Milan's official website. "I am happy to have him at the helm of our sporting area.

"With him, we will be able to build a modern club, formed by professionals of the highest quality. It will be a journey we will pursue together to achieve a challenging and compelling project, one which will require great energy and dedication.

"I am confident Paolo will be able to project his experience, his vision and his leadership. Paolo is an integral part of AC Milan and knows the way to success. He will be an important point of reference for everyone."

Boban and Maldini will work closely together, with the former team-mates reuniting on the Rossoneri's backroom staff.

"I am very happy to return to my beloved Milan and I will give my contribution to bring it back where it deserves to be," Boban said in a Milan statement.

"Milan must be a leading and winning club, because this is the only nature of its history and it's the nature of our fans and their passion. I will give all of myself for this cause and for the Rossoneri colours.

"When Paolo called me to check on my availability, I jumped into my car and went to his home in Milan in the middle of the night.

"After talking with Ivan and the club, everything was clear. And here I am, in my city, in my club I love and in a land that has given me so much. I hope I can repay the trust placed in me."

Milan are still seeking a successor to Gennaro Gattuso as head coach, but they are reportedly close to appointing Marco Giampaolo from Sampdoria.

Manchester United know what they want for star midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.

Pogba, 26, has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Real Madrid reported to be his most likely destination.

With Zinedine Zidane starting a rebuild at the Santiago Bernabeu – Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy have all just been signed – perhaps Pogba could be next.

But, unsurprisingly, there will be work to do between United and Madrid to make the move happen.



Manchester United want at least £150million for Pogba, according to the Mirror.

That would top the then-world record £89m United paid to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, an indicator of the state of the market rather than the France international's performances.

However, Eduardo Inda reports Real Madrid have offered €120m (around £107m) plus bonuses, leaving a rather big gap between the teams' valuations.



- Atletico Madrid's chief executive claimed on Wednesday he has known since March that Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona. But it seems Manchester United still have hope, The Sun reporting the Premier League giants are ready to offer £95m for the forward.

- While Manchester United are looking to strengthen their attack, perhaps they have little interest in Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale. ESPN report that United have rejected the chance to talk to Madrid about the possibility of signing the Wales international.

- Benfica teenager Joao Felix is sought-after. Goal report that Atletico Madrid also want the attacker, hoping to convince the Portugal international he will get more first-team chances with them than possibly Manchester City. According to Estadio Deportivo, Atletico have also put in a bid – close to €55m – for reported Tottenham target and Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

- Bayern Munich may want Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane, but they have other options. Bild report the Bundesliga champions will target Yannick Carrasco, who is at Dalian Yifang but wants a return to Europe, if they cannot land Sane.

- Barcelona are seemingly ready to head into next season with Ernesto Valverde as coach. Sport report that Valverde met with president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday to discuss possible transfers.

- Dejan Lovren has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool, but the European champions will not let the defender go cheaply. Lovren is linked to AC Milan and the Mirror report Liverpool want around £25m for the Croatia international.

Juventus and AC Milan have been told to give up their pursuits for highly rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali by the club's president and owner Massimo Cellino.

Tonali, 19, is one of Italy's brightest prospects, having broken into Brescia's first-team picture at the age of 17.

A technically gifted deep-lying playmaker who is often likened to Azzurri and Milan great Andrea Pirlo, Tonali was first called up to the senior Italy side in November 2018, though he is yet to be capped.

He played 34 league games last season as Brescia were crowned Serie B champions and earned promotion back to the top flight, with many expecting the midfielder to be snapped up by a bigger club in the close season.

But Cellino is adamant Tonali is going nowhere having signed a new three-year deal just last August.

"We need to reinforce ourselves, but I believe we already have a competitive team, so we don't sell anyone," he told reporters on Monday.

"Offers for Tonali haven't arrived. I have no e-mail address, I don't have any offers. They [interested clubs] can send me carrier pigeons, but if I don't sell, I don't sell.

"Tonali is non-transferable. We need footballers, if we sell them what are we going to do? I won't sell him even for a crazy offer.

"Money does not play football, it is used to pay debts for those who have to sell players because they have spent too much. I have spent well and I can afford to keep him."

Cellino also reacted negatively to the idea of a deal that included Tonali being loaned back to Brescia for a season.

"I have been in football for 30 years and made my share of errors and I won't do them again. I have already done that c**p," he added.


Paris Saint-Germain may be heading for a tough rebuild that includes losing two of the world's best players.

While they won Ligue 1 once again, PSG fell short in the Champions League, exiting in the round of 16. Still, Thomas Tuchel has earned trust in Paris, signing a new contract in May.

He may have some massive work to do in the close-season, with Kylian Mbappe reportedly eyeing a move to Real Madrid, while Neymar is considering his options.



After a standout season, Mbappe is feeling undervalued at PSG and wants a move to Real Madrid, according to ABC.

The France international, who scored 39 goals in 2018-19, does not feel properly valued in Paris, the report said.

Mbappe has continually been linked with a move to Madrid, where his fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane returned to the helm late in the season.

There may be even further worries for PSG, too, with Neymar considering his options, according to Telefoot.



- Gareth Bale is on his way out at the Santiago Bernabeu and Manchester United may be interested. According to the Mirror, United are ready to meet the attacker's wage demands, initially signing him on loan before holding on to him for a second season.

- Manchester United are also looking at potential replacements for Paul Pogba, who is linked with a move away. The Evening Standard report that United are considering Tottenham star Christian Eriksen and Monaco's Youri Tielemans, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester City.

- While Madrid's rebuild has well and truly started, there appears to be some uncertainty over Vinicius Junior. According to AS, Zidane is still unsure about the forward, while president Florentino Perez believes the Brazilian should be part of Madrid's squad.

- Real Madrid are nonetheless expected to sign Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, but AS say there are concerns over the defender's hip. The LaLiga giants are hoping to do another medical on Wednesday before confirming the signing.

- Atletico Madrid are set to lose Antoine Griezmann and are looking at AC Milan's Suso to add some strength to their attack, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Manchester United will need a bigger bid to land Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Times report Palace rejected a £40million bid, looking for something closer to £65m.

Neymar has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the star has rejected that possibility.

The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward, ruled out of the Copa America due to an ankle injury, was reportedly a target for the LaLiga giants just two years after leaving bitter rivals Barcelona.

But Neymar has dismissed any chance of that move, as Zinedine Zidane tries to rebuild Madrid following a tough 2018-19 season.

Still, maybe a return to Camp Nou is possible.



Neymar has rejected any possibility of a move to Real Madrid, according to Sport.

According to the report, Madrid wanted Neymar as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last year.

But the club's struggles in 2018-19 – they finished third in LaLiga, 19 points behind Barca – have seen Neymar turn down a possible transfer.

Sport report Neymar could be lured back to Barcelona, where he spent four seasons before joining PSG, as he maintains a friendship with stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.


- Tottenham star Christian Eriksen wants a new challenge and Inter have joined the race for the reported Madrid target, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Times report Spurs want €113million for the midfielder.

- Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt appears closer to deciding his future. The in-demand defender, linked with numerous European heavyweights, is now deciding between just two clubs – Barcelona or PSG – according to RMC Sport. ESPN report that PSG are favourites to sign the centre-back.

- With Gianluigi Buffon leaving PSG, the Ligue 1 champions are set to make a bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, according to The Times. That could see the Premier League club turn their attentions to AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Likely before the situation around their starting goalkeeper unfolds, Manchester United could land Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. A Bola report United have requested a meeting with Sporting to wrap up a deal – reportedly worth around €78m – for the Portugal international.

- AC Milan appear to have found their replacement for Gennaro Gattuso. According to CalcioMercato, Marco Giampaolo will leave Sampdoria to head to San Siro on a two-year deal.

- Manchester City are looking to sign Joao Cancelo, with Goal reporting the Premier League champions are in talks with Juventus over a €50m move for the Portugal full-back.

Pepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday.

Former Spain, Sevilla and Arsenal star Reyes was killed in a traffic accident at the age of just 35.

Tributes have been offered from across the footballing world since Sevilla confirmed the news of his passing just hours before the Champions League final in the Spanish capital, where Reyes spent five years as a player for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

AC Milan goalkeeper Reina, a former team-mate of Reyes with Spain, described it as a "difficult day".

He told Omnisport in Madrid: "It is a sad day. It is something that you cannot expect - 35 years old. Suddenly, you find yourself in this situation.

"My condolences for the family, for his friends...it's just a difficult day.

"The experience of 2006 in Germany [at the World Cup] seems like it was yesterday, to be there with his wife and new-born son. Life is like this, and you have to enjoy it while you can."

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez also expressed his sadness at the news.

"My condolences to the family. You cannot say too much. It is sad news for sure," he told reporters in Madrid.

There will be a moment's silence before kick-off of the Champions League final as a mark of respect for Reyes.

Change is sweeping through Serie A with four of Italy's grandest clubs on the hunt for new coaches to lead them into the future.

Inter became the latest side to seek fresh ideas when they removed Luciano Spalletti on Thursday, continuing a period of upheaval started by Roma's dismissal of Eusebio Di Francesco in March.

Dissatisfaction extended right to the top of the table as Juventus, a model of stability in recent seasons, saw Massimiliano Allegri depart, while AC Milan maintained modus operandi.

Some members of the high-profile quartet appear to be on a collision course over coaching targets and, with queries over the direction of each, we set out to answer the key questions.



Why the change?

Gennaro Gattuso guided his beloved club to their highest position and best points haul since 2012-13 but relinquished his role in "mutual agreement" with Milan after failing to deliver Champions League qualification.

Who is next in line?

Lazio's Simone Inzaghi could get the chance to follow in the footsteps of brother and former Rossoneri boss Filippo, while Sampdoria's Marco Giampaolo and Sergio Conceicao of Porto also shape as prominent contenders.

What is the priority?

Strengthening a problematic midfield that lacks depth and quality would go a long way to boosting Milan's bid for the top-four finish that has eluded them across six successive seasons.

Leave that area of the pitch unattended and the cycle of instability is bound to stay unbroken.


Why the change?

The experienced Spalletti did not emerge with much credit from the off-field saga that surrounded Mauro Icardi - stripping the striker of the captaincy and later restoring him to the starting XI - and the opportunity to pursue a three-time Scudetto winner proved too difficult to ignore.

Who is next in line?

Antonio Conte, a free agent since leaving Chelsea at the end of last season, is almost certain to take charge in the very near future.

What is the priority?

Real planning for next season can only begin when clarity on the future of key striker Icardi is reached.

The disruptive circus that has become attached to the Argentine could outweigh his ability and stated desire to stay at San Siro, with Inter reportedly lining up Romelu Lukaku as a replacement.


Why the change?

Juve brought Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin in an amibitious attempt to finally sate their burning desire for Champions League success but Allegri's fifth shot yielded only more disappointment.

The former Milan head coach also attracted criticism for favouring a playing style that shed fantasy in favour of function, and he seemed ready to explore a fresh challenge following a serene stroll to the Scudetto.

Who is next in line?

Maurizio Sarri, with a major trophy now on his resume, is the firm favourite to take charge at Allianz Stadium, pending an agreement being reached between the Bianconeri and Chelsea.

What is the priority?

Paulo Dybala's potential departure further complicates an attack that appeared to suffer from inconsistency of selection.

Sarri, who errs on the side of overuse, could be the man to set defined roles for Ronaldo and his fellow forwards.


Why the change?

Di Francesco became the first to fall earlier this year, when a loss to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League sapped the last of Roma's patience with an underwhelming follow up to an impressive 2017-18 season.

Claudio Ranieri did an admirable job in a caretaker capacity, but his second stint in charge never contained a long-term brief.

Who is next in line?

Reported target Gian Piero Gasperini has signed a new deal at Atalanta, which leaves Roberto De Zerbi, Sinisa Mihajlovic and potentially Gattuso among the names on an abstract shortlist.

What is the priority?

Address a leadership vacuum in the playing squad.

Former sporting director Monchi followed Di Francesco out of Stadio Olimpico and left behind a gifted collection of young players who need on-field guidance, especially in the wake of club great Daniele De Rossi's exit.

AC Milan are giving Paolo Maldini time to consider the offer of becoming sporting director, Ivan Gazidis has revealed.

Leonardo left the role on Tuesday, departing alongside head coach Gennaro Gattuso as the Rossoneri look to rebuild after again falling short of Champions League qualification.

Lille director Luis Campos has been linked with Milan, but chief executive Gazidis is instead hoping to appoint club great Maldini, the team's sporting strategy and development director.

However, Maldini - Milan's record appearance holder with 902 matches across 24 years at San Siro - has been allowed time to make a decision.

"I admire [Maldini] immensely," Gazidis told Gazzetta dello Sport. "He represents the club's values ​​and culture. You see Maldini and you see Milan.

"He is ideal for a technical role. He would have a good staff around him. It wouldn't be a role just for show but one that is absolutely central in technical decisions.

"I'm not asking him to do everything by himself. He'll work as part of a group, he'll be supported and helped. He can give us a lot.

"It's been a tiring season for everyone and Paolo has asked for time to reflect and consider if he has the energy to start over with this difficult and arduous project.

"It will require his utmost commitment - he must totally buy into it. He must feel 100 per cent. That's the condition for anyone who wants to come to Milan. But in the case of Maldini, he is Milan.

"I don't want to think about people who are not Maldini. I'm waiting for Paolo's decision, then we'll make a decision on the coach and the players."

With Gattuso also having departed, Gazidis plans to be able to call on Maldini to help with the next appointment.

"The coach will be chosen with care," he said. "Their age or nationality doesn't matter. What matters is that they're suited to what we want to do and build.

"The decision - hopefully with Maldini's help - will be made calmly, studying every detail: history, character, profile, results, statistics. We don't want to do anything wrong."

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants to appoint Paolo Maldini as technical director following Leonardo's departure.

Leonardo stepped down as sporting director on Tuesday – the same day head coach Gennaro Gattuso resigned from the Serie A club.

Milan are set for a busy off-season after missing out on Champions League qualification by just one point and CEO Gazidis is eyeing a new role for club great Maldini, who is the team's sporting strategy and development director.

"Ideas, talent and solid base, like that we will bring Milan back to the top," Gazidis said in an excerpt from his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport to be published on Wednesday.

"And I want Maldini as the technical director."

Maldini – Milan's record appearance holder with 902 matches across 24 years for the Rossoneri – retired in 2009 and rejected a behind-the-scenes position in 2016 before taking up a role under owners Elliot Management in August.

The 50-year-old could be involved in the search for a new coach, with Milan linked to the likes of Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri and Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo.

Gennaro Gattuso has left his role as AC Milan head coach, the Serie A club have announced.

Gattuso revealed to Italian publication La Repubblica earlier on Tuesday that he would be resigning from his post after a frustrating campaign.

Having slumped out of the Europa League in the group stages, Milan narrowly missed out on securing Champions League qualification in Serie A.

And club great Gattuso, a two-time Serie A and Champions League winner as a player with Milan, has decided to move on, the Rossoneri confirming both parties came to a mutual agreement.

Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis said: "I have had the privilege to get to know Rino Gattuso over the past six months since my arrival at the club.

"Rino has given everything to our efforts this season, and has worked tirelessly, always taking full responsibility, putting the club above every other consideration. I want to say from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Rino".

Gattuso ended his tenure, which started in November 2017, with a 3-2 win over SPAL on the final day of the Serie A season.

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi and Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo are two of the favourites to take over.

Sporting director Leonardo is also leaving San Siro, with reports circulating he is set to return to Paris Saint-Germain.

Milan accepted their former coach's resignation after one season in his current position.

Leonardo has resigned from AC Milan after just a single season as sporting director, the Serie A club confirmed on Tuesday.

The Brazilian joins Gennaro Gattuso in choosing to stand down after Milan narrowly missed out on securing Champions League qualification.

It marks the fourth time Leonardo has left the Rossoneri, having spent two separate stints at San Siro as a player and one as head coach.

He returned as sporting director in July 2018 and was responsible for overseeing the club's transfer market activity.

"Leonardo joined AC Milan in its hour of need a few short weeks before the closing of the summer transfer window," Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis said.

"Under very difficult circumstances he put his heart and soul into addressing a highly complicated situation and transmitting his energy and his ambition to the team.

"I am very grateful to Leonardo for everything he has contributed to our great club and wish him well in his future endeavours."

Leonardo has been linked with a move back to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, where he previously worked.

For the sixth time in five years, AC Milan are set to start looking for a new permanent head coach. 

Massimiliano Allegri, Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Vincenzo Montella and now Gennaro Gattuso have all moved on - and that does not include interim bosses Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi.

One of Milan's favourite sons, Gattuso told La Repubblica he decided to step down after the Rossoneri fell just one point short of Champions League qualification following a fifth-place finish in Serie A.

The former midfielder - who was promoted from the Primavera team in November 2017 - only oversaw one full season in charge at San Siro, where the once almighty Italian giants have fallen on tough times.

The club have yet to confirm his departure officially, but the question is still being asked: who will replace Gattuso and lead Milan in 2019-20? We take a look at the leading candidates.

Arsene Wenger​

Wenger's link to Milan is clear: Ivan Gazidis. The pair worked together at Arsenal, where Gazidis was chief executive from 2009-18. Gazidis departed Emirates Stadium in September and took up his post at Milan three months later, and speculation over a Wenger reunion has made headlines since.

Out of work since ending his 22-year association with Arsenal in 2018, Wenger has been linked with Milan and numerous other clubs throughout the campaign. The 69-year-old Frenchman is planning a return to football though he is unsure if his comeback will be in management. But with Gazidis believed to be keen on adopting a similar approach to that which he oversaw at Arsenal - signing highly rated and youthful players before selling for profit - Wenger could be the perfect man for the job.

Maurizio Sarri

After just one season, Chelsea boss Sarri is already being tipped to return to Serie A. Things have not gone smoothly for the former Napoli coach, who is reportedly in the running to succeed Allegri at Scudetto winners Juve. Despite a third-place finish in the Premier League and finals in the EFL Cup and Europa League, his style of football has not gone down well with the Stamford Bridge faithful. 'Sarri-ball' has been met with boos in London and Italian clubs are apparently ready to lure the 60-year-old back to his homeland. Juve and Roma have both been linked as they look to fill their vacancies and you can add Milan to that list now, especially given the club reportedly tried to prise Sarri from Empoli in 2015.

Simone Inzaghi

One of the most in-demand coaches in Serie A, Inzaghi has earned quite the reputation with Lazio – even Juve are apparently interested. The brother of Milan great Pippo, Simone is fresh off guiding Lazio to Coppa Italia glory after eliminating the Rossoneri in the semi-finals. The 43-year-old, who won the Scudetto with Lazio as a player in 2000, has been a constant in the Italian capital: working with the club's youth team before stepping up as caretaker in 2016, Inzaghi's coaching career has never gone beyond the Stadio Olimpico. This off-season, however, could see a change of scenery.

Gian Piero Gasperini

Champions League football and possibly a statue awaits Gasperini in Bergamo. Atalanta - founded in 1907 - will feature in Europe's premier club competition for the first time in their history after ending the Serie A season in third position, ahead of Inter, Milan, Roma, Torino and Lazio. While results have been terrific since Gasperini's arrival in 2016, it has been their style that has wowed fans and pundits. No team scored more goals than Atalanta (77) in Serie A in 2018-19, not even Juve or Napoli, while Milan only managed 55. The 61-year-old former Inter coach has been linked with Roma, but he could be tempted by a one-hour drive to San Siro.

Leonardo Jardim

Monaco coach Jardim is another reportedly on the list. While 2018-19 was a challenging season for the Portuguese and the Ligue 1 club, Jardim has plenty of admirers within and outside France. He snapped Paris Saint-Germain's stranglehold on French football by leading Monaco to a shock league title in 2017, as well as the Champions League semi-finals. This season had more of a yo-yo feel to it, after Jardim was sacked only to return as Thierry Henry's replacement before narrowly preserving Monaco's top-flight status. Having left the principality once before, Jardim could do so again.

Marco Giampaolo

The likeliest of appointments appears to be Giampaolo. Reports have gone as far as to suggest the Sampdoria coach and Gattuso could swap clubs. Samp are coming off a 2-0 season-ending victory over Juve, which left them ninth in the table. The 51-year-old cast doubt over his future after admitting his objectives were a "little different" to that of Sampdoria as he urged the side to aim higher.

Mark van Bommel/Andriy Shevchenko

These are two men with history in Milan. Former midfielder Van Bommel only moved into senior coaching this season after replacing Phillip Cocu at PSV, but he is reportedly high on the list of potential candidates. Van Bommel oversaw a runner-up finish behind rivals Ajax in the Eredivisie this term, the tenacious Dutchman having served as an assistant with Australia and Saudi Arabia prior to returning to Eindhoven.

Ukraine coach Shevchenko, meanwhile, has made no secret of his desire to lead Milan in the future. One of the club's most lethal strikers in his day told DAZN earlier in May: "Maybe it'll be my turn to coach Milan one day."

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