Gennaro Gattuso appears set to take the manager's job at Palermo after he was sacked as boss of Swiss club FC Sion.
Gattuso, 35, joined Sion as a player last summer before taking over as manager in February - the club's fifth of the season - but was ousted after they finished sixth in the table.
Palermo are expected to part company with coach Giuseppe Sannino following their relegation to Serie B after a nine-year stay in the top flight, and president Maurizio Zamparini has earmarket Gattuso as the man to replace him at the helm.
Zamparini told Radio 2: "I like Gattuso a lot. He will be the next coach of Palermo as soon as I conclude my battle of wills with [current Palermo manager Giuseppe] Sannino."
Gattuso himself has confirmed he is interested in the role, telling mediagol.it: "I will meet with the president and evaluate. In any case, I know that Palermo has a great heritage, and that's why I'd like to come."