Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has left the club, with former Ajax boss Frank de Boer set to replace him.
Mancini’s position had been in doubt because of his reported misgivings over Inter’s transfer business.
Dutchman De Boer, 46, is believed to have agreed a three-year contract to succeed the 51-year-old Italian.
Inter, who were bought by Chinese retail giant Suning in June, were beaten 6-1 by Tottenham in a pre-season match on Friday.
They announced Mancini’s departure “by mutual agreement” on Monday.
The former Manchester City boss returned to Inter for a second spell as manager in 2014 but was unable to guide them back into the Champions League, finishing fourth last season.
High-level discussions took place with the club’s new Chinese owners in New York last month and, after a third pre-season defeat, they have parted with Mancini just two weeks before the new Serie A season.
Former Netherlands international De Boer left Ajax earlier this summer and had been linked with the Southampton and Everton jobs.
He led Ajax to four successive Dutch titles but lost out to PSV Eindhoven on the final day of last season.