Chelsea could be under pressure to make a decision about their managerial situation, with Juventus set to join them in the race for top target Zinedine Zidane.
The Italian champions’ current boss Massimiliano Allegri is on track to win his fifth consecutive Scudetto, but is expected to leave the club after achieving this feat in the summer.
One friend told SunSport: “Max is about to win Serie A for the fifth time but all he hears is that he should be doing better in the Champions League. He feels it might be time for a change.”
This would open up a vacancy in Turin that the club would hope to fill with their former star Zidane, according to the report.
Meanwhile at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri has recently eased pressure with positive performances against Manchester City and Tottenham.
Before this, it was thought that the Stamford Bridge boss was on the brink of the sack and Zizou was touted as the team’s ideal replacement.
Despite the recent upturn in form, there is still a very real possibility that Sarri could not be in charge of the Blues come the start of next season.
Therefore, they have now been put on alert by the possibility of competition to secure Zinedine Zidane’s signature and may have to act fast if they’re to secure him ahead of Juventus.
Zidane quit Real Madrid last summer after claiming his third consecutive Champions League trophy with the club.
The 46-year-old French World Cup winner is known to have an affection for Juve and even recorded a message to their fans three months ago in which he said: “I hope to come soon and spend some time with you. Greetings to all and Forza Juve!”
As a result, Joshua’s promoter now hopes to seize on this opportunity and host Wilder’s next bout on his US broadcast partner DAZN before then making the undisputed title bout.
When asked how much Wilder should be paid for the Breazeale fight, Hearn told ThaBoxingVoice: “I think you’ve gotta give him $15million for that fight, but that’s the marketplace. It’s crazy.
“You can’t have Joshua making whatever he’s making, Fury making $20million and then Wilder sitting there going, ‘Okay, I’ll take $7million.’
“He can get it [$15million] on DAZN and he can get it on ESPN.”
Despite Eddie Hearn’s optimism, a partnership between him and Deontay Wilder currently looks about as likely as hell freezing over.
Wilder may be a broadcast free agent, but is aligned with Al Haymon’s PBC and currently loyal to fighting on Showtime/Fox.
Regardless, Hearn will make a play to try and lure him to DAZN with the temptation of a meeting with a challenger such as Breazeale, Dillian Whyte or Adam Kownacki, followed by a two-fight arrangement with Anthony Joshua.
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“He hasn’t got to sign with me to come and fight on DAZN,” the promoter insisted, “He can come and fight on my shows.
“If he’s got offers out there for $15million to fight for a voluntary defence– [it could be against] Breazeale, Whyte, Kownacki.
“I’m not looking to tie you into five/six fights like Top Rank. We’ve gotta do one voluntary, then two Joshua fights.”
You can watch the full ThaBoxingVoice interview with Eddie Hearn below.
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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) faces one more major hurdle ahead of him in his quest to take the overall victory at the inaugural UAE Tour: the summit finish of Jebel Jais on stage 6 on Friday.
Roglic has led the general classification since Jumbo-Visma won the opening team time trial and says that it is down to his rivals to attack him if they want to take the red leader’s jersey.
"I think we can be confident and we will try to defend the jersey tomorrow [Friday]," said Roglic. "If you see the list of the guys that are here, there are a lot of really, really strong guys. We will try to focus the best on our job, do it well and protect the jersey on the last climb. It's not really on us; we don't really need to attack to make something on the climb. For sure, others will, and I will try to follow."
It seems fitting that the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour will be decided by the new climb of Jebel Jais. While Jebel Hafeet and Hatta Dam featured in both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours, Jais has not previously been used in a race. The Jais is situated in the Hajjar Mountains to the north of the UAE and is the Emirates’ highest mountain at just under 2,000 metres.
The route will not go all the way up to the top of the mountain but will instead stop at 1,458 metres. It will still be no mean feat, particularly when we are only a few weeks into the new season, and it will certainly test the peloton.
Jebel Jais will come after some 160 kilometres of racing along flat roads, starting in Ajman – the smallest of the Emirates. Similar to Jebel Hafeet on stage 3, the flat run into the climb will ensure that there are plenty of fresh legs able to push a hard pace.
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) said that he couldn't have done anything more in the sprint finish stage 5 of the UAE Tour. Bennett finished fourth after a blanket four-rider dive for the line, leaving him feeling frustrated.
It was a tough contest in Khor Fakkan with Bennett going up against Elia Viviani, Marcel Kittel and Fernando Gaviria in an all-out sprint. Bennett utilised the lead-out train of Gaviria, sticking to the Colombian's wheel until inside the final 100 metres.
"It will click. I'm just happy that I got to use my legs, I got the best out of myself today. I fought for the wheel that I wanted, and I got it. I did everything that I set out to do and I don't think that I could have done any more," said Bennett.
"It was close today, but I was a little bit in the wind before I had to start the sprint, with [Fabio] Sabatini on my right, and then when I did want to go I think that Gaviria's lead-out man was on the left. I was using a little bit too much energy and then I had to wait too long. I was coming in the end, but because I was waiting too long, guys came from behind with speed."
After finishing eighth on Monday’s stage to the Abu Dhabi breakwater, Bennett tried to change up his approach to the final sprint. Rather than trying to charge from the back, Bennett wanted to start from further up the peloton.
"It was a tricky one. I wanted to come from behind with speed on the first stage, but the wind didn't allow it and today I didn't want to get caught out, so I was in the right position, but you needed to come from behind with speed," Bennett explained.
Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville.
Cyclingnews is currently spread across the globe covering the early season racing at the moment, so we can’t bring you our usual podcast this week. Instead, we've put together a selection of interviews from the past month.
The evergreen Van Avermaet has the upcoming spring Classics foremost in his mind, with a new CCC Team behind him in his role as the squad's undisputed leader, while Team Sky's Kwiatkowski takes aim at the Ardennes Classics, with a firm focus on trying to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège this season.
While the pressure as a professional is almost indescribable, such acts of petulance certainly gain plenty of unwanted criticism.
But these isolated incidents are by no means the wost fans have seen on a football pitch, far from it!
Scroll down to see talkSPORT.com’s best ever tantrums and strops from the world of football!
SAIDO BERAHINO V JEREMY PEACE (2015)
When Tottenham Hotspur expressed an interest in signing West Bromwich Albion starlet Saido Berahino in 2015, it’s fair to say the striker had his head turned.
Although the two clubs tried to negotiate a deal, chairman Jeremy Peace held firm in his valuation and the move never went through.
Queue a hastily (and poorly) written Tweet by the former England Under-21 international declaring his intention to ‘never play Jeremy Peace’.
Tony Pulis did bring the striker back into the fold before the end of the season, but the damage was done as was Berahino’s Baggies career.
CRISTIANO RONALDO V NANI (2010)
International friendlies tend not to be the most exciting affairs, but Spain’s clash with Portugal in 2010 had an extra edge because of Real Madrid starlet Ronaldo’s presence.
Hated by Barcelona fans, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol set about putting the former Manchester United man into the stands at every possible opportunity.
However, when the winger broke free down the left and put Pique on his backside, his delightful dink over teammate Iker Casillas seemed destined for the back of the net.
That was until Nani decided to literally steal it on the line, despite being offside. The ‘goal’ was ruled out and Ronaldo produced a reaction befitting a tired toddler who has just been told to go to bed.
Happy Birthday Cristiano Ronaldo, with your body like one of those statues in Florence and your temper like one of those spoiled kids who drops their ice cream.
The ball left Andres Iniesta’s foot, floated just over Petr Cech’s hand, and Stamford Bridge fell silent.
It was meant to be Guus Hiddink’s crowning moment during his short stay in west London, but instead became a match forgotten for the football and remembered for the outrage that flowed both during the action and after the final whistle blew.
Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was the subject of death threats in the weeks and months following the match, and the fears for his safety in the immediate aftermath of the game meant he had to be escorted out of the country by police.
The Norwegian official was practically chased off the pitch by striker Didider Droga who, upon realising he could not continue to berate the referee, turned to the cameras to continue his protests.
"It’s a disgrace!"
Didier Drogba didn't react too well to Iniesta's late goal that night. Luckily, someone turned it into a proper riddim… pic.twitter.com/AxoBn8xYpW
After committing a tackle described as ‘criminal’ by Jose Mourinho in 2015, Ashley Barnes lay on the Stamford Bridge turf in the hope referee Martin Atkinson would not show red.
Atkinson did produce a red card, but not for the Burnley striker. Instead, it went to the man on the receiving end of said challenge.
Nemanja Matic is not the type to lose his rag, but the red mist descended that day and the Serbian literally threw his aggressor to the floor before being hauled away by John Terry and the rest of his Chelsea teammates.
Despite nearly having his leg snapped in half, Matic rather sheepishly jogged off the pitch after realising he had made a bit of a mug of himself.
MARIO BALOTELLI v ROBERTO MANCINI (2011)
Pre-season friendlies are the perfect time for youngsters to get a run out in the first team, for seasoned pros to show why they deserve to start and for managers to experiment with new tactics.
That is, of course, unless you are Mario Balotelli where you can essentially do whatever you want.
In a 2011 friendly with LA Galaxy, the Italy striker opted to backheel a simple chance at goal, instead of passing to teammate Edin Dzeko. Petulant sure, but what followed was comedy gold.
The Italian boss completely lost his mind and substituted the striker instantly. Balotelli’s response? To make a petulant gesture to his boss indicating his surprise and annoyance he was being substituted.
CARLOS TEVEZ v ROBERTO MANCINI (2011)
Carlos Tevez could never be accused of not giving 100% on the pitch when he played, it was just difficult to get him on there sometimes.
A mere two months after the Balotelli debacle, City boss Mancini must have been wondering what he had done to deserve such tempestuous strikers as Tevez refused to warm up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Although the Argentine claimed it was a misunderstanding, his Italian boss claimed he would never play for the club again.
Needless to say he did and played a huge part in delivering the Premier League title to the Etihad. Just childish all round.
PAOLO DI CANIO v PAUL ALCOCK (1998)
A moment etched in Premier League history, Di Canio’s moment of madness is part Greek Tragedy, part slapstick humour.
After being sent off for a clash with Arsenal enforcer Martin Keown, the fiery Italian began to remonstrate with referee Paul Alcock.
Clearly feeling as though he was not getting his point across, the former AC Milan striker then shoved Alcock, who proceeded to hit the deck in instalments with his leg trailing limply behind him.
As Di Canio made his way off the pitch, Nigel Winterburn saw fit to politely offer his views on the matter to the Wednesday forward. But as soon as Di Canio turned to face the left-back, he had bolted out of fear.
WILLIAM GALLAS v THE WORLD (2008)
A tough trip to Birmingham City for Arsenal was made even more difficult when Croatia striker Eduardo was brutally cut down in the first half by a scything challenge from Martin Taylor.
With emotions running high, the Gunners were then held at St Andres courtesy of a stoppage time penalty from James McFadden, effectively extinguishing their faint hopes of winning the Premier League title.
As the visiting players left the pitch, captain Gallas remained on the tear almost in tears.
After kicking an advertising board, the France international had to be practically carried off the pitch by the erudite Arsene Wenger – who was as bemused as everyone in the stadium by the outburst.
ERIC CANTONA v CRYSTAL PALACE FAN (1995)
Rumour has it, Inter general manager Paolo Taveggia, and the Italian club’s prospective owner, Massimo Moratti, were at Selhurst Park on that infamous night in south London to scout the Frenchman.
With Andy Cole arriving two weeks prior for a record £7million, speculation about the maverick’s future was building.
Having already received a red card for booting marker Richard Shaw, Cantona was confronted by 20-year-old double-glazing fitter Matthew Simmons.
What he said remains a mystery to this day, but the striker’s short fuse was lit and he launched into Simmons with a kung-fu kick before laying into the youngster with a barrage of punches.
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