Rudi Garcia will be appointed Roma coach within the next 24 hours after agreeing a two-year deal with the club.
The Lille coach met with senior officials of the American-owned outfit in New York earlier this week to tie up the agreement.
Garcia has now returned to Europe to negotiate a pay-off with his French employers before being officially announced as Roma’s third permanent head coach in three years, following Luis Enrique and Zdenek Zeman.
It is believed that Garcia’s contract is worth €1.5million-a-year and has an option for a third year.
He could be appointed as early as 6pm on Wednesday when the Italian stock exchange closes and is then likely to be introduced to the media early next week.
The 49-year-old has been personally cherry-picked by Roma sporting director Walter Sabbatini following an impressive five-year stint at Lille. The former midfielder was chosen as France’s coach of the year in 2011 after steering Lille to a league and cup double.
Roma held talks with former France coach Laurent Blanc earlier this month but moved for Garcia after being impressed with his man-management and communicative skills.
The early contenders for the post, that had been filled in the final months of last season by caretaker Aurelio Andreazzoli, had been Massimo Allegri and Walter Mazzarri, but Allegri agreed to remain at AC Milan for another year and Mazzari left Napoli for Inter.
Senior Roma officials are under pressure from the club owners to make a successful appointment following the disastrous appointments of Enrique, who had been chosen by former general manager Franco Baldini, and Zeman.
Zeman’s authoritarian approach was not well received by senior players last season, particularly vice-captain Daniele De Rossi, who is on the target list of Chelsea.