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Barcelona rumors: Martinez, Emery & Allegri in frame to replace Valverde

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It’s a managerial gossip special

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Roberto Martinez favourite to replace Ernesto Valverde

Today we bring you a very special edition of our Barcelona rumor round-up where we focus entirely on managers and who could replace Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou hotseat.

We start off with the one and only Gerard Romero over at RAC1 who reckons that Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is the chosen one.

Apparently the 45-year-old is currently the leading contender to take over from Valverde if he does not continue at the Camp Nou.

Allegri’s waiting for Barcelona call

Over at Goal the word is that Massimiliano Allegri keeps on checking his phone hoping for a call from Barcelona.

Allegri is available after leaving Juventus and would be tempted by a move to Spain where he would become the first Italian to take charge of Barcelona.

If not, then he’s going to take 12 months off and put his feet up.

Unai Emery also an option...

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo seem have been browsing through the catalogue of potential managers and have stopped on the Unai Emery page.

The Arsenal boss is said to be “well regarded” by the big bosses who seem to have forgotten all about how his PSG side were thrashed 6-1 by Barca in the Champions League.

MD also reckon Ronald Koeman, Allegri and Martinez are in the running to replace Valverde.

And don’t forget Erik ten Hag and Laurent Blanc

And finally it’s time to check out Sport, as they also have their very own list of four managers but it’s a little different.

Their report claims Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is the “first name on the list” and is followed by Koeman, Martinez and Laurent Blanc.

Of the four the only one currently available is Blanc, although the report also points out how he was sacked by PSG for failing to win the Champions League. So there’s that then.