Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni has revealed that Vicenzo Montella could be the ideal candidate to take over at the Serie A club next season.
The former Roma player and caretaker coach is currently at the helm of Italian club Catania and following an 11th placed finish last season, he has become a target of a number of high-profile clubs.
The Viola's new sports director Daniele Prade and technical director Eduardo Macia are both understood to have indicated to the club's hierarchy that Montella is the right coach to take over at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
And Cognigni admitted to Radio Crc: "Montella could be the right coach to start a new project. However, we know Montella is under contract with Catania and we know there are rules that have to be respected.
"We are monitoring the situation considering that Montella has expressed his wish to start a new adventure.''
Montella is understood to be meeting the Catania board next week to put an end to speculation over his future plans.