According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Porto coach Andre Villas Boas has attracted the interest of beleaguered Serie A giants Juventus with his good work at the Portuguese table toppers, and the Turin giants are considering a summer approach.
La Vecchia Signora have been in disappointing form this season and currently lie seventh in the league table. Current head coach Luigi Del Neri is being blamed for the club's poor results, and could very well be on his way out of Juventus at the end of the season.
Therefore, Juventus are in the market for a new boss and they supposedly consider the 33-year-old to be a suitable replacement.
Villas Boas has been in charge of Porto since the start of the season and has guided the Dragoes to top spot in the Portuguese league, with 59 points from 21 games, while guiding them to qualification for the Europa League round of 16.
Nevertheless, he is not the only candidate for the job if Del Neri indeed gets the sack. Zenit St. Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti, and England boss Fabio Capello are also reportedly in the frame to take over at the ailing Italian club.
Luigi Del Neri Must Remain As Coach Until The End Of The Season - Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon(Goal.com)
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says coach Luigi Del Neri must be shown faith by the club's board of directors and keep him at the Bianconeri.
The shot-stopper believes the tactician was given a chance to perform, and should be allowed to until the end of the season.
"I think he [Del Neri] should stay," the 33-year-old told Tuttosport. "The directors gave their full faith in the coach, and he should stay until the end of the season.
"When a players walks onto the pitch, it does not matter whether they like the coach or not. Their focus is on doing their role, which is the reason why they get paid. The remainder of the problems stay away.
"All the players hold Del Neri in high esteem, and up until the win against Inter, everyone was saying that he had had a good season. We now need to approach every match as if it were a final, and work out the outcomes in a month or two when the season ends."
The custodian believes his team-mates must keep their heads up for the remainder of the season, and not act as if al hope has been lost.
"We need to go onto the pitch without the air of feeling as if we are at a funeral," he expressed. "We need to remain optimistic and happy to show the coach and the fans that we want to achieve something important."
The Bianconeri are set to face league leaders and rivals Milan this weekend, and Buffon is hoping the side can end their two-match losing streak and defeat the Rossoneri.
"If on Saturday, we can find our way, we can change the way our season will finish, ending it on a high. Should we lose, we will be repeating the same mistakes that we did last season," concluded Buffon.