Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is being lined up by Real Madrid as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane.
Ancelotti is said to be the preferred candidate of the La Liga giants after Zidane departed the Santiago Bernabeu over the weekend.
The 61-year-old has managed Real Madrid in the past, taking charge between 2013 and 2015.
In his first season at the Bernabeu, the Italian won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, two of 15 major trophies he has picked up in an accomplished managerial career at multiple top clubs.
As such, it was always seen as a coup when Everton managed to secure Ancelotti’s services – and the Toffees now look set to lose their gaffer to a Real Madrid side who recently finished runners up in this season’s La Liga.
Contrastingly, Everton could only manage a 10th place finish in the Premier League this term, disappointingly missing out on any European football after such a strong start to the campaign which saw them briefly top the table.
Ancelotti is under contract at Goodison Park having signed a four-and-a-half-year deal on Merseyside in December 2019 but will leave Everton for Real Madrid after 18-months at the helm.
Everton nor Real Madrid have yet announced the Italian’s departure.