Antonio Conte Has His First Target Lined Up If He Becomes Manchester United Manager
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With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future at Manchester United hanging in the balance, a number of coaches will be keeping tabs on the developing situation, hoping a vacancy at the club opens up down the line.
If the Norwegian is let go in the coming weeks, top of the United hit list is thought to be Antonio Conte, who is fresh from a Serie A title success with Inter Milan.
Several months on from that triumph, Conte is prepared to go back and nab one of Inter's best players, should he be hired by United in the coming weeks.
According to Inter Live, Stefan de Vrij would be the coach's very first target should be land the coveted job, although many obstacles remain before that can even become a reality.
The 29-year-old was supreme under Conte last season, helping Inter to capture their first Scudetto in well over a decade.
With United looking porous defensively in last weekend's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, it isn't surprising that the 52-year-old sees Centre-half as a position of priority.
Signing the Dutchman would cause one or two issues for some current United players, however, as it would arguably leave club captain Harry Maguire out in the cold.
A de Vrij-Raphael Varane partnership at the back would appear to be the logical first choice pairing; unless Conte wishes to deploy a back three, as he attempted at Chelsea many years ago.
The Italian famously won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea, a fine achievement given that his squad wasn't regarded as one of the club's finest in the Premier League era.
The same can be said of last season's success with Inter, as his hard-working group managed to take down the mighty Juventus, who had won the previous nine Serie A league titles in a row.
Nevertheless, if Solskjaer does make way for Conte in the not too distant future, expect there to be some busy transfer windows to come for United, as the new boss will look to stamp his authority on a side that is currently vastly underperforming.