Fiorentina have immediately moved to issue a formal denial after reports Marco Van Basten was due to take over next season.
The rumours started when Sporting Lisbon general manager Pedro Baltazar told the media a surprise scoop.
“Van Basten will never be the Sporting Coach. Why? That's easy: next season Van Basten will be on the Fiorentina bench. He has already been hired.”
However, the Viola very quickly reacted with an official denial in their statement this evening.
“Regarding the comments from Sporting Lisbon Presidential candidate Pedro Baltazar, the Viola confirm those statements were without foundation and totally untrue.”
There are question marks over the stability of current Fiorentina Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic if the Tuscans fail to qualify for Europe.