Milan confirm interest in Allegri

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club

have entered negotiations with Cagliari to recruit coach

Massimiliano Allegri.

However, Galliani has insisted the deal to bring Allegri to the

San Siro is far from done.

“It’s premature,” said Galliani to Gazzetta dello Sport. “I

cannot add anything more as coaches arrive at the beginning of

July.

“We are nevertheless negotiating.”

The Rossoneri have been looking for a new coach since Leonardo

parted company with the club after just one season in charge of

Milan’s first team.

Allegri has been strongly linked with the Rossoneri hotseat in

the last two months.

Cagliari surprisingly removed Allegri from his managerial duties

back in April despite the club sitting comfortably in 12th

place.

The Sicilian club promoted Giorgio Melis as his replacement

although the 42-year-old Allegri is still contracted to Cagliari

for a further year.

“At this time Allegri is the Cagliari coach, hence, we shall

see,” said Galliani.

“Our relationship with (Cagliari president Massimo) Cellino is

great and will remain great regardless of how the negotiations

go.

“Does (AC Milan owner Silvio) Berlusconi like him (Allegri)? He

should answer that question but I believe he does.”

Galliani denied reports that Italy coach Marcello Lippi is

another candidate for the Rossonero hotseat.

Lippi is expected to leave the Azzurri squad after the World Cup

in South Africa.

“There is no truth in those rumours,” he said.

Allegri was voted the best coach of the 2008-09 season ahead of

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho.