Massimiliano Allegri has his eye on the Manchester United job, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave in the coming months, SportsMail reports.
The 52-year-old left Juventus last summer, after winning a fifth consecutive Serie A title.
Allegri has been out of job ever since, despite links with Arsenal.
However, the Italian coach has been holding off on an immediate return to management, in the hope of eventually taking over at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer does not feel in danger of the sack, but he admitted that Tuesday's first-half capitulation in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City, was the worst his side have played all season.
United have just two wins in their last six games.
Allegri has suitors across Europe. while formerTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also keeping a close watch on developments.