Marcello Lippi is set for a return to Guangzhou Evergrande after his options with the Azzurri fell through.
The World Cup winner was lined up for a role as technical director of the Italian Nazionale, but he had to withdraw over a conflict of interests related to his son Davide.
Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande, which Lippi worked with from 2012 to 2015, recently probed for the Italian's availability and their interest was met favourably.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, they have already made an offer for a coaching role starting next season, which will begin in China on February 2017.
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