Massimiliano Allegri will reportedly refuse to take over Manchester United – unless he gets the job in the next few weeks.
The former Juventus boss is currently out of work after leaving the Allianz Stadium at the end of last season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure to save his job after a run of poor results which has left them sitting 12th in the Premier League table.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who handed Solskjaer a three-year deal in March, is understood to be losing patience with the team’s woeful form.
But if Allegri is the man that United want to replace Solskjaer, they might have to act quickly.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim that while the 52-year-old is interested in taking the job, he wants the post early to have as much time to turn the team around.
Allegri is currently on a sabbatical and it is believed that he was not keen on the idea of taking over a club in the middle of a season.
It is reported that he would unlikely take the job if it was offered to him as late as December.
Any approach would have to be made in the next few weeks, meaning Woodward will have to make a decision on Solskjaer’s future imminently.