Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a deal in principle to become Everton’s next manager, according to reports emerging from Merseyside.
The Italian was sacked last week by Napoli after a run of one win in ten matches but he is keen to make a quick return to management.
Ancelotti is set to become one of the top-three paid managers in world football as he has been tasked to build a top-class team at Goodison Park over the coming years.
The manager’s arrival at Everton is expected to be announced soon, with confirmation to come before the end of the week.
The Italian who is a three-time Champions League winning manager, had successful spells with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan and is one of the most decorated bosses in the modern era.
One of the sticking points in contract negotiations according to reports emerging is that Ancelotti is looking for clarity over the Blues’ plans for the summer transfer window.
Everton revealed caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson will be in charge for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side on Wednesday, with the former Blues striker set to remain as part of the first-team coaching staff, should Ancelotti be appointed.
Everton, who are three points above the Premier League relegation zone in 16th place, host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ironically or coincidentally Arsenal were also targeting Ancelloti to take over their dug-out and replace Spaniard Unai Emery.
English football is proving to be a favourite hunting ground for some of the world’s best coaches with to be Ancelotti Merseyside rival Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola currently ruling the roost.
What an interesting prospect if Massimilano Allegri is to be lured by one of the big sides with speculation having run wild in recent weeks that Arsenal were also attempting a go at the former Juventus boss.
By Gerald Dandah