AC Milan are prepared to offer former boss Massimiliano Allegri a return to the club as manager, with intentions of giving him control of the footballing project in a role similar to Sir Alex Ferguson's at Manchester United.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Rossoneri hierarchy are looking beyond January and into the long-term future of the club - with Stefano Pioli set to lose his job if Milan fail to qualify for European competition this season.
The Rossoneri's current form and trajectory - they're currently seven points off the European places - would suggest that Pioli will be gone by the summer and it's just a matter of whether the Milan hierarchy will be able to tempt Allegri back to San Siro.
The report explains that Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban - two members of the club's board - want to entrust the Rosonneri's future with an elite-level manager and are hoping to convince Allegri to return by giving the Italian boss the chance to build a long-term project at the club - offering him a similar role to that which Ferguson held at Old Trafford.
The 52-year-old, of course, oversaw's Milan's last successful period before his sacking in January 2014. He guided the Rossoneri to the Scudetto in 2011 before going on to win the Supercoppa Italiana a few months later. Allegri also helped Milan to the Champions League knockout stages in every year he was at the club, failing to reach the semi-finals, however.
Then at Juventus, Allegri would go on to turn Serie A into a monopoly as he won 11 major honours at the club - including five Scudetti on the bounce between 2014 and 2019.
Nevertheless, Allegri's ability to utilise and get the best out of young players makes him the perfect fit for Milan's long-term vision. Rafael Leao, Davide Calabria, Ismael Bennacer and Daniel Maldini are all promising talents that the former Juve boss will have to nurture if he returns to the club.