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Shakhtar 'eye move for Milan's Allegri'

March 11, 2013
By ESPN staff

Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk are weighing up a big-money attempt to lure AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri to the Donbass Arena, according to Corriere dello Sport.

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GettyImagesMassimiliano Allegri has been linked with a move to AS Roma

The Italian sports daily reported that Shakhtar, currently managed by Mircea Lucescu, are prepared to offer Allegri a four-year contract worth €6 million-a-year.

That would more than double the 45-year-old's current salary at Milan, reportedly €2.5 million-a-year, with his current deal due to expire in June 2014.

Allegri won the 2010-11 Serie A title in his first season in charge at Milan. However, after the loss of star players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the summer, the Rossoneri endured a tough start to this campaign, with the then-availability of Pep Guardiola sparking speculation over his future.

But with Guardiola since having joined Bayern Munich and Allegri leading a resurgent Milan to the Serie A top three and a 2-0 first-leg lead over Barcelona in the Champions League, the former Cagliari coach appears to be in a stronger position to decide his future, whether that is at Milan or elsewhere.

Lucescu, who has led Shakhtar to six league titles and the UEFA Cup during his nine-year tenure at the Donbass Arena, will be 68 this summer.