Former AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is being lined up to take over at Zenit St Petersburg, according to the Italian press on Thursday.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Spalletti will replace Anatoli Davydov at the end of the current campaign next month, although they say he has included a get out clause if the Russians fail to qualify for the Champions League.
He is due to earn four million euros net a season for two seasons with an option on a third season.
Spalletti walked out on Roma two games into this season following four highly successful years at the club in which Roma finished second in Serie A three times, won two Italian cups and twice reached the Champions League quarter-finals, losing to Manchester United on both occasions.
Before that he made his name over three seasons at Udinese where he led the unfashionable northerners to a fourth placed finish and qualification for the Champions League.
However his last full season at Roma was his worst as the club finished only sixth and having begun this season with two defeats, Spalletti called it a day.
Zenit currently sit third in the Russian table with four matches to play.
They won the old UEFA Cup and European Super Cup in 2008 under Dutch coach Dick Advocaat, a year after their only Russian title.