Vincenzo Montella is being lined up to take over the Italy job from Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte after Euro 2016, according to Goal.com.
Current Azzurri boss Conte has already agreed a deal to leave after the summer tournament and join the Blues in the Premier League, with the Italian Football Association (FIGC) yet to find a replacement.
Despite indifferent spells as manager at Catania, Fiorentina and Sampdoria, FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio wants Montella to take over the reins, with Italy’s World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi becoming technical director at the FA.
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Eventful managerial career
Montella has not enjoyed the same success as he did as a player so far in his managerial career, having won the Serie A with Roma and reaching the final with Italy at Euro 2000.
Having started out as the under-15s coach for the Italian capital club, the 41-year-old soon found himself in charge of the first-team, albeit on an interim basis.
Despite guiding them to sixth, he was released and joined Catania, spending just a season there, before moving onto Fiorentina.
In his three years at Viola, he helped them to the Europa League semi-finals and Coppa Italia final, whilst also remaining consistent with three consecutive fourth-place finishes.
Yet, Montella was still sacked, joining Sampdoria last summer, where he is set to keep them in the Serie A, after an eventful season that has seen them struggle in the league, whilst also beating Champions League-chasing Roma and local rivals Genoa.
His current club have claimed they will not stand in his way, with FIGC president Tavecchio known to be friends with Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero.
The appointment of Montella could come under criticism, with the manager not enjoying the best of relationships with some top-flight clubs, including former side Fiorentina.
However, Tavecchio believes his attacking style of football and youthful approach can breathe life back into the national side, which has not beaten a side in the top 20 of the FIFA rankings since a 2-0 win over Holland in September 2014.