Serie A titans AC Milan should appoint Jurgen Klopp as their new manager if they lose faith with Filippo Inzaghi.
The club, who sacked both Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf after a miserable campaign last term, are reportedly considering axing the Italian if they fail to secure a swift return to the Champions League.
And with Borussia Dortmund currently anchored to the bottom of the Bundesliga table, and fans beginning to turn on the players, Klopp could soon be free to pursue a new challenge away from the Signal Induna Park.
Milan recently unveiled plans for a new 48000 capacity stadium but much may depend on where they finish once the season draws to a close in May.
With league standings one and two dominated by Allegri’s Juventus and Rudi Garcia’s Roma, the need to finish in third is pivotal if they are to take the next step in reaching the same heights of yesteryear.
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Rafael Benitez’s Napoli have finished third in the past two seasons and currently occupy the position yet again after 21 league games, with recent victories seeing them race away from high-flying duo Sampdoria and Lazio.
Fiorentina and Palermo stand in sixth and seventh respectively, with Milan 10 points adrift. A strong second half of the season is crucial but failure to do so could be the final straw of Inzaghi’s reign.
Despite life at the San Siro being far from perfect, the current predicament of Dortmund has left the world stunned with the German champions of 2011 and 2012 now three points adrift of safety.
And the usually unwavering support of the fans is beginning to show signs of waning. Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and Mats Hummels were forced into action after Wednesday’s narrow defeat to Ausburg, climbing amongst the fans to calm the storm of discontent coming their way.
But the sad story is, even if they do somehow turn their fortunes around then their star players are likely to leave in the summer. Hummels remains high on the agenda of Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United, whilst star performer Marco Reus is also tickling the fancy of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Klopp knows it is only a matter of time before his best assets are cherry-picked by the world’s elite, and he may walk away at the end of the season regardless of what happens from now until then.
If Dortmund do drop down to the second tier of German football then it would be an unfair blemish on Klopp’s otherwise impressive CV.
He is an outstanding manager and, despite being heavily in-demand, would be an instant hero at the San Siro if he were to take the reins.