Legendary Italian coach Marcello Lippi is on the verge of a historic return to Guangzhou Evergrande next season, in a deal that will make him the world’s highest-paid coach.
Lippi steered the Chinese giants to three consecutive Super League titles between 2012 and 2014, before leaving the club to be “closer to Italy.”
According to Corriere dello Sport, he will today sign a three-year contract with Guangzhou worth 20 million euros net per season – a salary that, if confirmed, would trump Pep Guardiola’s world-beating 17.7m euro (£15m) annual salary at Manchester City.
Earlier this week Lippi said he was considering a return to China and also revealed he almost returned to AC Milan in January to replace January to replace Sinisa Mihajlovic.
“Yes, it’s true – I am considering returning,” he said. “I enjoyed my time in China… it was an exciting challenge.”
The club’s current boss is famed Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who currently has the club six points clear at the top of the Chinese Super League table.