Marco Giampaolo and Didier Deschamps are in the running to become the new Sampdoria boss after Rafael Benitez rejected the club’s offer.
The newly promoted outfit have been courting the Spaniard in recent weeks and held further talks on Wednesday.
Former Ascoli, Cagliari and Cesena boss Giampaolo is now a real possibility, while there are claims that Marseille tactician Deschamps could be targeted.
Samp won promotion to Serie A this season via the play-offs, but boss Giuseppe Iachini is still expected to be shown the door.
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