Roberto Mancini has reached an agreement to become the next Italy coach, according to Sky in Italy.

The Zenit St Petersburg manager met with the Italian FA sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta and team director Gabriele Oriali in Rome on Monday evening.

Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, is expected to take over the national job after the final round of Russian domestic fixtures on May 13 and before the May 20 deadline set by the Italian FA.

Italy have been looking for a new boss since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following their failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia with Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio taking over the senior team on an interim basis.

Carlo Ancelotti, who has been linked as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, was understood have been offered the job while former AC Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini declared an interest in the position last month.