Manchester United could suffer a blow in their reported chase for Carlo Ancelotti, according to talkSPORT.
The Red Devils have been linked with the 56-year old Italian chief as a replacement for the under fire Louis van Gaal in recent days.
He’s been out of work since being axed by Real Madrid in the summer, despite leading the club to their iconic 10th Champions League/European Cup crown in 2014.
However, Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg have reportedly made the first move in the race to land the out of work former AC Milan and Chelsea manager.
Reports suggest that the club have offered him a whopping £11m a year deal to take over from Andre Villas-Boas, who ironically was given Ancelotti’s job at Chelsea in 2011.
Despite the fact van Gaal secured a return to Champions League football in his first year in Manchester, there have been growing reports suggesting he is not the right man for the job.
Their early exit at the group stages of Europe’s top competition coupled with the huge amounts of money spent in the last two summers, along with their methodical style of play has seen the 64-year old placed under increasing amounts of pressure.
Still, they could be forced to stick with him as another rumoured target in Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola is understood to be nearing a move to Manchester City next season.