Roberto Mancini has been ‘sounded out’ about succeeding Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager, according to reports.
The 52-year-old, who led Manchester City to their first title in 44 years back in 2012, has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan in the summer.
The Italian fell in love with the English game after a brief loan spell at Leicester as a player in 2001 before moving into management with Fiorentina.
And, according to Sky Sports, the Foxes’ owners have already made contact with Mancini’s representatives and a number of ‘other possibilities’ to take the reins.
The former Lazio and Galatasaray boss is 8/11 favourite with the bookies to replace Ranieri ahead of Nigel Pearson, Frank de Boer and Guus Hiddink.
Ranieri was axed just 298 days after leading the Foxes to a historic title win in one of football’s great fairytales.
But Leicester have badly struggled to build on that achievement and currently find themselves just a point clear of the relegation zone.
With 13 league games left of the season, the club dismissed their greatest ever manager in effort to save their season.
Ranieri’s assistant manager, Craig Shakespeare, is expected to be in charge for the Foxes’ game against Liverpool on Monday.
In a statement released on Thursday night, the club confirmed they will ‘now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed’.
The Foxes will play Man City at the Etihad on May 13 in the penultimate league game of the season.