Sarri circling as speculation grows over Arteta’s future

Former Chelsea boss could step into Arsenal hotseat, while Man Utd sweat on Maguire.

SOCCER: Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has emerged as a potential replacement for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, should the Spaniard be axed.

Sarri has been out of work since the summer, when he was sacked by Juventus despite wrapping up the Serie A title.

"Sarri could go to England," Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist, Carlo Laudisa, told Radio Punto Nuovo.

"The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as Arteta has missed all the Gunners' season goals."

Arsenal lie ninth in the Premier League and face the prospect of a season without European soccer.

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi has seen his odds slashed to become the new Spurs boss, with Sky Bet quoting him at 2/1 to replace Jose Mourinho.

That would free the way for Sarri to take over from Arteta.

However, the Italian is known to have reservations about leaving his native Italy in the midst of a global pandemic.

He is quoted at 25/1 with Paddy Power to be Arsenal's next permanent manager.

AC Milan are also monitoring his situation. They could move for Sarri should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

That looks less likely, however, after they thrashed top-four rivals Juventus 3-0 on Sunday.

Maguire's final participation in doubt

SOCCER: Harry Maguire faces a race to be fit for the Europa League final after limping out of Manchester United's win over Aston Villa with an ankle injury.

The United skipper was hurt in a collision with Anwar El Ghazi and left Villa Park with his left foot in a protective boot.

Maguire was set to undergo a scan today, with United fearing he will be out for a couple of weeks.

The final against Villarreal takes place in Gdansk on May 26, with the Daily Mail reporting that his participation is "in jeopardy".

United are 2/5 to win the competition with Bet365, with Villarreal 2/1.

The defender is definitely out of Tuesday's match at home to Leicester City - the first he has missed since his move to Old Trafford.

Longer term, he still appears a shoo-in to start for England in their Euros opener against Croatia on June 13.

Paddy Power price him at 1/7 to start the match.

Watford eyeing move for River Plate striker Borre

SOCCER: Watford are in talks with Colombian striker Rafael Borre about joining the Premier League new boys on a free.

However, they face competition from fellow Premier League sides, while Atletico Madrid would also take him back - the 25-year-old was at Atletico early in his career.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz is looking for a couple of new strikers and, according to The Sun, Borre would fit in neatly with his limited budget.

Borre has 31 goals in 80 appearances for River Plate.

The Hornets, who are 11/10 to make an instant return to the Championship with Bet365, are also interested in former star Ashley Young.

Young, 35, has yet to be offered a new contract by Inter Milan, despite helping them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Inter Miami are also thought to be chasing the former Manchester United player.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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