Ancelotti could be handed mission of revitalising Italy
Carlo Ancelotti is in talks with the Italian FA over taking over as the new national team coach.
The highly-decorated veteran coach had been linked with some of this summer's biggest available club roles, including Chelsea if Antonio Conte exits and Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger has announced his departure.
But concrete interest failed to materialise from either London club, who are both eyeing a younger, long-term appointment. Ancelotti has been an immensely successful coach in short bursts since ending his eight-year reign at AC Milan in 2009 - winning league titles in Germany, France and England as well as the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup and a litter of other domestic trophies - but as yet has not tasted international management.
With a rebuild on the way after Gian Piero Ventura's side failed to qualify for the World Cup, Ancelotti would be committing to a long-term project but one that would allow him to return to his homeland and take on a reduced workload when compared with the requirements of club management.