The rumours are gathering momentum that Antonio Conte could become part-time Italy Coach while at Juventus.
The Azzurri are currently without a tactician after Cesare Prandelli resigned in the wake of their group stage World Cup exit.
Candidates include Massimiliano Allegri, Luciano Spalletti, Alberto Zaccheroni, Francesco Guidolin and Roberto Mancini.
Sky Sport Italia claimed on Saturday that Conte had been approached to take the job on a part-time basis, so that he can continue on at Juventus during the season.
These reports are now gathering speed and the idea is taking hold.
It wouldn’t be the first time a club Coach shared two jobs, as Guus Hiddink famously took on the Chelsea job while running the Russian national team in 2009-10.
Conte or Carlo Ancelotti are considered the ideal replacements for Prandelli, but are unwilling to leave Juventus and Real Madrid respectively.
A large chunk of the Azzurri squad is made up of Juventus players, as they have won three consecutive Scudetto titles under Conte.