Eusebio Di Francesco is reportedly taking some time to decide on the Sampdoria job after a meeting with director of sport Carlo Osti.
The former Sassuolo and Roma boss sat down with Osti today to discuss the project rather than focus on financial details, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Telenord point to a contract worth €1.5m, slightly below his requested €1.8m salary, but above all concerns over the future of the club.
Last night, the American group of investors headed by Gianluca Vialli formally withdrew their offer to purchase Samp from President Massimo Ferrero.
Both sources state Di Francesco wants a few days to think about it and see what other situations arise, with an answer expected on Saturday.
Stefano Pioli is the alternative to Di Francesco, while current Samp boss Marco Giampaolo already has a deal in place with Milan.