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Saudi Arabia ready to make ‘unrefusable’ offer to Carlo Ancelotti for 2018 World Cup — with Italy also keen

Asian side sacked ex-Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza after three months and want high-profile boss for summer in Russia

Carlo Ancelotti is the frontrunner to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the next Italy boss.

But, unlike the nation of his birth, he may yet be at the 2018 World Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti is a target for Saudi Arabia as manager for 2018 World Cup

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Carlo Ancelotti is a target for Saudi Arabia as manager for 2018 World Cup

Edgardo Bauza was sacked after just three months in charge of Saudi Arabia

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Edgardo Bauza was sacked after just three months in charge of Saudi Arabia

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Premiumsporthd.it report Saudi Arabia are ready to pay the three-time Champions League-winning manager an “unrefusable” amount to lead in Russia.

The Asian side will have low expectations at football’s biggest event and go into it as the lowest-ranked nation.

Former Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza — who’s period in charge of the Albiceleste left them on the brink of not qualifying — was recently sacked by Saudi Arabia after just three months in the job.

The Green Falcons are back on the biggest stage following a 12-year absence, having been guided by 2010 World Cup-finalist Bert van Marwijk.


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Saudi Arabia, in action during friendly with Portugal, are lowest-ranked side in Russia

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Saudi Arabia, in action during friendly with Portugal, are lowest-ranked side in Russia

Bert van Marwijk left his post as Saudi Arabia manager after qualification

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Bert van Marwijk left his post as Saudi Arabia manager after qualification

Carlo Ancelott was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this campaign

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Carlo Ancelott was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this campaign

But the Dutchman left following qualification as he believed they would not be able to achieve success and refused to return after Bauza’s sacking for the same reason.

Ancelotti is a man in demand among World Cup sides, with Croatia reportedly interested in his services.

But it is the Italy job which may well tempt him into international management — despite the absence of the Azzurri in Russia.

The former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this season.