Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly being lined up for a surprise return to Spain as boss of Sevilla.
The Andalusians are chasing a Europa League spot with two games remaining and, although Joaquin Caparros has turned the club’s fortunes around in recent weeks, he is seen as only a stop-gap measure.
Sevilla are continuing to search for a sporting director to replace Oscar Arias, who left a few weeks ago, and the favourite to fill the role is Antonio Cordon, who knows the former Villarreal, Malaga and Manchester City Coach from his time at Villarreal.
Although current Girona boss Pablo Machin has been sounded out in recent weeks, if Cordon is appointed his first choice is understood to be Pellegrini, although he is still at Hebei Fortune in China following his departure from City.
Marca reports that an English club is believed to have been in advanced talks with Pellegrini, but he would be willing to forgo any interest if there is a chance he could return to Spain.
Cordon is already understood to have held informal talks with the Chilean and spoken about the possibility of him taking over at the Sanchez Pizjuan, despite any agreement needing to be put on hold until Cordon is appointed.