Massimiliano Allegri has intensified speculation he is primed to take over at Manchester United after revealing he is learning English.
The Italian, who is available after leaving Juventus at the end of last season, is believed to be on United’s radar amid uncertainty around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.
United have made a dismal start to this campaign and sit 12th in the Premier League table, having won just two of their opening eight games.
Solskjaer is under increasing pressure to turn things around and is expected to be axed should United suffer a heavy defeat against rivals Liverpool this Sunday.
According to reports in Italy, Allegri is already in discussions with United over a £6.5million deal to replace Solskjaer.
MAX ALLEGRI’S MANAGERIAL CV
2010–2014: AC Milan
And Allegri confirmed to Przeglad Sportowy that he is preparing for life in the Premier League. ‘I don’t speak English enough yet, but I’m learning,’ he said.
Tuttosport claim that Allegri will look to bring Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic with him to Old Trafford from his former club Juventus in January.
Can has been restricted to cameo appearances while Mandzukic, who was a target for United in the summer, is yet to feature for Juventus at all this season.
Allegri has a strong working relationship with Mandzukic, having signed him for Juventus in 2015, and heaped praise on the Croatian striker.
He added: ‘Mandzukic is a special player for me. He gave amazing room for manoeuvre. Great footballer. ‘He often changed clubs, so he had difficult patches. But he stayed at Juventus for five years. This is one of my biggest successes.’
Mandzukic is one of six names on United’s January wishlist, with the club also interested in Moussa Dembele, Saul Niguez and James Maddison.