Carlo Ancelotti has been lined up to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, according to multiple reports in the Chinese media.
Scolari is expected to stand down as head coach once his contract expires at the end of November and is reported to have returned to his native Brazil after steering the club to a record seventh straight league title on Sunday.
Chinese media claim Guangzhou officials met with Ancelotti in London recently and that the 58-year-old -- who was dismissed as Bayern Munich boss last month -- will be named the club's new coach once the Chinese Super League season has come to an end.
He is reportedly set to meet his new players in November at a training camp to assess the squad.
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss could become the third Italian coach to take charge of the club, following in the footsteps of Marcello Lippi, who won three Chinese Super League titles and the AFC Champions League, and Fabio Cannavaro.
He has also been linked with a return to the Premier League, where Everton are seeking a replacement for Ronald Koeman, and in recent days has attended former club Chelsea's Champions League game with Roma and Tottenham's Premier League meeting with Liverpool.
Scolari, meanwhile, appears to have taken charge of his last game for Guangzhou.
The 68-year-old was banned from the touchline for three matches following an incident in his team's 4-3 win over Yanbian Funde 10 days ago and, as a result, will not be permitted to lead his side in their final two games of the season.
As a result, Scolari's assistant Paulo Turra, who was in charge on Sunday for the decisive title-winning clash against Guizhou Zhicheng, will take charge of the final two games.