Bielsa rumoured to take over at Lazio

Reports have emerged that Lazio are close to confirming Marcelo Bielsa as their new coach, taking over from temporary manager Simone Inzaghi.

It was initially though that Inzaghi, who has has been at the reins since April, may have been a permanent replacement for Stefano Pioli, who was sacked after failing to repeat the results of his first season in charge.

Since the start of the off-season, however, the Aquile have been linked with numerous managers, most notably former Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli.

Numerous sources have now linked Bielsa with the job. The Argentine, who resigned from his post at Marseille in 2015, is a highly rated manager, who former Lazio striker Marcelo Salas feels is the right man for the job.

"Lazio are getting a huge coup with Bielsa and now we just have to wait for it to be made official," he told Radio Olympia.

"I consider him to be one of the best Coaches in the world. I worked with him on international duty with Chile and he is extraordinary," he continued.

"He has a very precise way of playing and his own mentality, he really knows what he wants. I want what is best for Lazio, as I still care for the club, and I tell you he is the best. He is the right choice.

"[Club President Claudio]Lotito did really well, because talking to Bielsa and explaining a project to him is not easy. He lives for his work 24 hours a day.

"He has nothing else in his mind," the Chilean added.