​Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has apparently passed up the opportunity to take over at Arsenal this season, instead deciding to hold out over his future in the hopes of succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

The 52-year-old Italian left Juventus in the summer and has been without a job throughout the season, but with managerial uncertainty at Arsenal, United and Tottenham already, Allegri is still on a number of clubs' radar.

It has been suggested that Allegri is among the favourites to take over in north London following the departure of Unai Emery, but The Athletic reports the former Juventus boss has 'concerns about the quality of Arsenal's squad'.

Massimiliano Allegri

It's claimed that Allegri would rather wait until the end of the season before deciding on his future, although it's noted that Arsenal are still keeping the Italian on their list of managerial targets.

As far as links with Manchester United go, it's been claimed on The Transfer Window Podcast that Allegri would be willing to step in if the club's decision-makers choose to part ways with Solskjaer.

The position at Old Trafford could become available this week as United face tough games against Tottenham and Manchester City.

Like with Arsenal, Allegri is believed to accept that it would be a risk taking over at Manchester United in their current state, but it's understood the six-time Scudetto winner is confident he can turn things around.

Manchester United have also been heavily linked with Mauricio Pochettino, who has recently become available after he was replaced by José Mourinho at Tottenham.

If it's true that Allegri will only break his sabbatical for Manchester United, then Arsenal will be forced to to turn their attention to other targets like Nuno Espírito Santo and Mikel Arteta.

The latter, who is currently working as Pep Guardiola's right-hand man at Manchester City, was close to taking over in 2018 but a move was ultimately blocked by then chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who picked Emery to succeed Arsène Wenger.

For more from Ben Carter, follow him on Twitter!