Reports have emanated from Italy that former Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri has agreed to terminate his contract with the Old Lady by mutual consent, freeing him up to take the Fiorentina job.
Sarri, who was relieved of his job in August, despite winning the Scudetto in his only season at the helm is still under contract with the Bianconeri. This was because he refused to negotiate an exit by mutual consent after the hiring of Andrea Pirlo and Juve to continue paying his salary.
It is believed that he was sacked due to his string of results as Juve exited from the Champions League in the last 16 last season and struggled to win their 9th straight Serie A title.
Tuttosport and Sky Sport Italia report that there has been a breakthrough and the termination could be made official soon.
According to the Turin-based newspaper, Sarri will get the full €6m net he was owed for the 2020-21 season but will cancel the option for a third season at €2.5m.
This will in turn free him to take on another job as Fiorentina are interested in his services.
This is because the job of Fiorentina coach, Beppe Iachini is hanging by a thread after poor performances and results.
Although Fiorentina CEO, Rocco Commisso has denied holding any meeting with the former Napoli coach, giving Iachini the go-ahead to continue with his job.
But anything could happen and Sarri, who grew up near Florence would be an ideal replacement. The tactician was born in Naples because his father was there for work but moved to Tuscany as a baby.
Can Sarri create a dynasty like Napoli at Fiorentina?
Having stabilised Napoli after securing the return and Serie A status of Empoli in 2014, Sarri was signed by Napoli and the tactician supervised 148 games.
He eventually secured his first Serie A title with Juve last season but almost won the title with Napoli when they finished runners up in 2017-18.
Being the oldest manager to win the Serie A at 61 with experience in the top flight, it is believed that Sarri still has a lot to offer and Viola will want to take advantage of that.