Matt Law, the journalist signed by the Daily Telegraph from the Daily Mail earlier this year, has lived up to his tabloid reputation on Friday claiming a new name in the frame for the vacant Manchester United post.
The Telegraph’s resident gossip merchant reports that Juventus boss Antonio Conte has emerged as a contender for the Man United manager’s job.
Called a “dark horse” the “exclusive” in the broadsheet claims “Juventus’s Antonio Conte is emerging as a rival to Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone as Manchester United seek a new manager”.
Behind the headlines is the following detail:
Van Gaal, Ancelotti and Diego Simeone remain the top candidates to permanently succeed David Moyes. Conte, in charge of Juventus, has been spoken to and is being considered as an alternative option by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Representatives acting for United are understood to have made contact with Simeone in the past 48 hours to express the club’s interest in the Atlético Madrid coach and find out whether he is open to the prospect of moving to Old Trafford.
44-year-old [Conte’s] contract expires in 2015 and Juve have claimed a new deal will not be discussed until the end of the season. Sources close to Conte claim the Italian is learning English.