Roberto Mancini is on the verge of agreeing a massive £77million deal to become Saudi Arabia manager, according to reports.
Mancini resigned as Italy boss on August 13 after five years in charge of the Azzurri, with former Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti revealed as his replacement.
During his time as Italy boss Mancini won Euro 2020 and also finished in third place in the Nations League on two occasions.
according to Sky Sports, the 58-year-old is in advanced talks to take over the Gulf state’s men’s national team ahead of the Asian Cup in January. He could bring Andrea Gagliardi and Lele Oriali with him.
He is believed to be the Saudi Arabian Football Federation’s first choice for the role, with Sky reporting the contract offered to him would be worth £77m over three years in a deal which would take him up to the 2026 World Cup, which Saudi hopes to host.
After his exit was announced, the Italian FA said in a statement: ‘The Italian Football Federation announces that it has taken note of the resignation of Roberto Mancini from the position of coach of the Italian national team, received late yesterday evening.
‘Thus concludes a significant page in the history of the Azzurri, which began in May 2018 and concluded with the 2023 Nations League Finals.
During a lengthy and stellar managerial career Mancini has taken charge of Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Source: Daily Mail