Manchester United chiefs have spoken to Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Atletico Madrid tactician Diego Simeone in the last 48 hours and are considering both men for the vacant manager's post.
Conte has enjoyed an exemplary record in Serie A as Juventus boss, winning back-to-back league titles and just a single win away from Scudetto number three this season, but any switch to the Premier League would definitely have to be considered a shock appointment regardless.
United's search for a new boss has so far seen Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti consistently mentioned as frontrunners, but The Telegraph believe that United are leaving nothing to chance in an an extensive search and have sounded out both Conte and Simeone over the role this week.
Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to be considering Conte as a viable replacement for David Moyes, thanks to a proven track record of winning trophies and a tenacious, driven attitude that would definitely shake up an under-performing first-team squad.
Simeone has also been asked if he is open to the possibility of leaving Madrid for Old Trafford this summer, but Atletico's main man is currently focused on a fierce fight for trophies on two fronts in Spain and didn't give a concrete answer.
For now caretaker boss Ryan Giggs is in charge of first-team affairs, with a four-game tenure for United's living legend beginning against Norwich City tomorrow evening.
With Giggs left to look after matters on the field Woodward is leading the search for David Moyes' long-term replacement and summer transfer targets, in what promises to be a very busy and potentially pivotal few months in United's history.