According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Milan director Giorgio Furlani sees Thiago Motta as the ideal replacement for Stefano Pioli, while a furious Cristiano Giuntoli has denied rumours linking the ex-Italy international with the Juventus job.

Motta’s Bologna are surprisingly in the race for the top four in Serie A and with the former midfielder’s contract expiring in June, several top sides are said to be interested in securing his services in the summer.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Motta is Furlani’s primary candidate to potentially replace Pioli at Milan at the end of the season even if the Parma-born coach’s deal runs out in 2025. Antonio Conte is also a solid contender for the job at San Siro.

The Rome-based paper reports Juventus director Giuntoli has also sounded out Motta’s availability even if the Bianconeri executive not only denied the rumours but ‘got mad’ when asked to confirm talks with the 41-year-old.

CorSport claims Giuntoli doesn’t want to ‘destabilise’ the team and disrespect Allegri who is contracted until 2025 at the Allianz Stadium.

Motta was approached by Napoli last summer, but he is not interested in joining the Partenopei, as confirmed by Italian agent Dario Canovi, the father of Motta’s representative Alessandro. “He wouldn’t go to Napoli even if Aurelio De Laurentiis signed Joshua Zirkzee and Riccardo Calafiori,” Canovi said, as quoted by CorSport.

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