Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has emerged as a shock target for the Manchester United job after admitting he would be 'interested' in returning to the Premier League.
The 57-year-old recently guided Italy to Euro 2020 glory, defeating England in the final via a penalty shootout.
Though qualification for the World Cup has not gone as smoothly; the Azzurri find themselves in the play-offs having finished second in Group C, slipping behind Switzerland on the final matchday.
Mancini's men will need to overcome North Macedonia in the semi-finals before facing either Turkey or Portugal for a spot in Qatar next November.
The Telegraph claim Mancini has emerged as a wild card candidate for the Man Utd vacancy at the end of the season.
The former City boss is contracted to Italy until 2026 but the thought of returning to the Premier League is thought to appeal to him.
The report states his history with United's rivals is a potential complicating factor but that has not seen him discounted at this early stage.
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But any incoming manager will need to have the approval of current interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
The German will take up a two-year consultancy role behind the scenes at the end of the season and will oversee the appointment of a new manager.
The 63-year-old was identified as Man Utd's no.1 target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will take the reins at Old Trafford on a short-term basis.
Though Rangnick will not be in the dugout for United's clash against Arsenal on Wednesday evening as he is struggling with ongoing visa problems.
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