Juventus manager Antonio Conte is often linked with a move to Manchester United, it's been going on for some time and it's easy to have the suspicion that the rumours are wheeled out whenever Conte feels he needs some more support, or more specifically money, at the Turin club.
Almost a year ago to the day, Turin newspaper Tuttosport had a big front page splash saying that Manchester United wanted 'Sir Conte' as their next manager. The lengthy feature sounded like an advertisement for Conte and an attempt to push his name up into the top bracket of European managers. Tuttosport, being firmly in the Juventus camp, wouldn't want Conte to leave the club but at the time felt he wasn't getting the recognition his achievements deserved.
It wasn't the only the link, the story bubbles up every now then, usually around a transfer window and it serves to worry Juventus about the prospect of losing Conte. It's that time again as rumours about a possible Paul Pogba exit grow (along with Vucinic and Marchisio), and Juventus have been given a gentle reminder that other clubs could be interested in taking Conte.
The increasingly well connected TMW say Juventus are trying to convince Conte that he'll have a team next year capable of challenging for the Champions League. It's claimed Conte hasn't decided whether to stay at Juventus or to accept offers from abroad and it's the task of the Italian club to convince him to stay.
This is where Sir Alex Ferguson comes in. TMW claim the former Manchester United manager and current director has spoken to his old friend Marcelo Lippi about Conte and is convinced the current Juventus manager is the man to save Manchester United. It sounds very unlikely given that Ferguson was the one who appointed David Moyes as his successor.
This, again, looks like rumours designed to benefit Conte and his Juventus spending power. The same article says Conte will decide on his future in March, based on what happens with regards to spending and any sales, if he's not convinced then he'll leave Juventus, regardless of whether they win another Serie A title or not.
Conte has done an excellent job on relatively limited funds at Juventus and in the unlikely event David Moyes was to exit Old Trafford then he'd be a prime candidate to take the club forward.
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