Antonio Conte would insist on making two signings in the January transfer window if Manchester United were to appoint him as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor.
Solskjaer is under huge pressure heading into Saturday’s Premier League match against Tottenham in the Premier League.
United were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend, sparking widespread discussion of Solskjaer’s continuing suitability for the manager’s job.
The Norwegian has hung on for now and retains some boardroom support, despite winning just three of his past nine matches.
The trip to north London to face Spurs is therefore of vital importance to Solskjaer, who needs a response from his players after the shambles against Liverpool.
With Solskjaer under the pump and staring at a difficult week of fixtures against Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City, rumours have circulated linking Conte to his job.
The former Chelsea boss is available after leaving Inter Milan in the summer and has an impressive CV, having won four Serie A titles and the Premier League.
However, The Star understands United are reluctant to go for the Italian tactician due in part to the sky-high costs involved.
Conte’s winning pedigree comes at a price, with the 52-year-old likely to demand a contract until 2025 worth £18million per season.
His personal financial demands are not the only stipulations for Conte, who usually prefers to take charge of clubs in the off-season so he can work with the squad in pre-season.
Conte would also want to bring in his own team of backroom staff to replace Solskjaer’s, as well as being able to sign a new holding midfielder and full-back in the next transfer window.
The Italian is known to favour a 3-5-2 formation, which he used to good effect during his last spell in the Premier League with Chelsea between 2016 and 2018, and he wants players who could fit that system.
His desire to sign a holding midfielder may well come as music to the ears of United supporters, many of whom have grown weary of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
United’s first-choice full-backs, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, have also struggled for form recently.
Solskjaer will be hoping to inspire a reaction from his players in tomorrow’s 5.30pm kick-off against Tottenham in the Premier League.
United are currently in seventh place, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea, after picking up just one point from a possible 12 over the past month.