Juventus are reported to have made contact with Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti.
Reports in Italy claim Juve are losing patience with number one target Rafa Benitez as he delays making a decision on his future at Liverpool, and Corriere dello Sport report that they have turned their attention to former Roma coach Spallett.
After four years with Roma, Spalletti took charge at Zenit in December on a three-year deal and it is believed it would be expensive to prise him from his contract.
Spalletti, meanwhile, has said in an interview in Russia that he would walk away from a club that did not support his approach to football.
“I never give a guarantee to anyone [on targets],” he told Sport Express. “If my employers are satisfied with my approach, I am ready to work. If they don’t agree with me, we part ways.
“I can guarantee something different – professionalism, self-efficiency and a readiness to give everything I have to my job.”
Spalletti has led Zenit to second in the table after eight games, level on points with Spartak Nalchik.