Sampdoria are thinking about appointing Claudio Ranieri this summer, according to the media in Genova.
The Blucerchiati have endured a disappointing season and hover precariously above the relegation zone.
Caretaker boss Alberto Cavasin isn't expected to get the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
However, if Sampdoria are to attract a big name, they need to secure their top flight status.
Il Secolo XIX understands contact has been made with Ranieri.
The Tinkerman has also been linked with Sampdoria's rivals Genoa.
Incidentally, Ranieri resigned from his position at Roma in February after a 4-3 defeat to Genoa.
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