Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi is the latest name to be linked with both Premier League side Liverpool and La Liga’s Barcelona. Following Jurgen Klopp’s announcement of leaving Liverpool in June, Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez has also declared his departure at the end of the season, setting the stage for a potential managerial domino effect.
De Zerbi, currently associated with Brighton and Hove Albion, finds himself in the spotlight as a leading candidate for both the Liverpool and Barcelona benches. The 44-year-old tactician has garnered praise for his work at Brighton and previously faced a challenging stint at Shakhtar Donetsk, cut short by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Pep Guardiola, a staunch admirer of De Zerbi, may play a pivotal role in recommending the Italian coach to his former club Barcelona. The managerial carousel doesn’t stop there, with Xabi Alonso, presently at the helm of Bayer Leverkusen, also emerging as a contender for the Liverpool and Barcelona positions.
However, Alonso’s ties to Liverpool and Real Madrid, where he played during his illustrious career, might make Anfield a more likely destination than Camp Nou.
Adding another layer to the unfolding drama, reports from the Daily Telegraph suggest that Roberto De Zerbi could be on Manchester United’s radar if Erik ten Hag faces the axe. The managerial landscape in top European clubs is poised for a significant shake-up, and De Zerbi’s name is central to these unfolding narratives.