Fiorentina target Paulo Sousa rescinds contract with FC Basel

Paulo Sousa is now available to become the new head coach of Fiorentina after rescinding his contract with Swiss champions Basel.

The 44-year-old Portuguese, who tasted Swiss Super League glory during his solitary season at St. Jakob-Park, is the leading favourite to replace Vincenzo Montella in the Tuscan capital.

A tweet from Basel's official account on Wednesday night read: "FC Basel and Paulo Sousa have reached a consensus on an immediate separation."

The former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund midfielder has also managed QPR, Swansea and Leicester, enjoying a brief spell with Maccabi Tel Aviv before moving to Switzerland in May 2014.