Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Gennaro Gattuso.
According to Calciomercato, Wolverhampton Wanderers are also keen on appointing the Napoli manager.
Wolves’ links with the Italian manager certainly make sense as Gattuso is represented by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has excellent relations with the Premier League club.
As per the report, the two Premier League clubs are willing to change managers this summer, with Steve Bruce and Nuno both uncertain of their future.
Newcastle have been mediocre under Bruce this season, and the fans have repeatedly called for his sacking in recent months.
The Italian manager will be a free agent this summer and could be an inexpensive replacement for Bruce.
Gattuso has guided Napoli to fifth place in Serie A, although his team could end up finishing second if they win their remaining matches and other results go their way.
Napoli will be desperate to secure Champions League qualification, and it is debatable whether Gattuso would be willing to leave a club with European football for Newcastle.
Mike Ashley will have to present the Italian with an ambitious project and make a statement in the transfer market.
Judging by his history at the Premier League club to date, that seems quite unlikely.
Here is how some Newcastle fans have reacted to the links.
As Newcastle fan and a Serie A enthusiast, there’s something rather lovely about the thought of Gattuso rocking up at St James’. I think I’d like to see it, I don’t believe it but I’d like to see it. Gattuso is no managerial genius but appreciate his passion above all else. #nufc
— Niall (@en_ganche) May 5, 2021
Imagine Gattuso at Newcastle! I reckon we'd finally get to see the back of Shelvey.
— Hendy (@Hendy_NE) May 5, 2021
Ashley is never hiring another good manager. As nice as this would be, its not happening.
— Michael Lamb (@MLambHK) May 5, 2021
He’ll not come here because no one wants to work for Mike Ashley
— Margaret 📚 (@Margaret__38) May 5, 2021
The only reason I can see this maybe happening is because he will have no idea really who Mike Ashley is.
— Davy Dwight (@DaveNUFCWhite) May 5, 2021
Jesus I’d love a manager like him. Someone with a bit of fire in their belly. He’s not a brilliant manager but he’s got serious passion and is definitely not a yes man.
— John McHale (@TheMachine1981) May 5, 2021
Tell yu what that’s really good
— Ben Toland (@TolandYoutube) May 5, 2021