Paris Saint-Germain reportedly aim to hire Christophe Galtier as head coach within the next week after Zinedine Zidane dropped out of the running.
The 55-year-old Frenchman marshalled Nice to a fifth place finish in Ligue 1 last campaign and would take over the PSG role from Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by the French giants earlier this month.
Galtier’s top achievement as manager was leading Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, the only time PSG failed to win the division during the last five seasons.
PSG hope to poach Nice boss Christophe Galtier within the next week according to reports
Zidane reportedly flew to Qatar to hold talks with the Parc des Princes chiefs in early June to discuss a potential deal with the club.
However, the former Real Madrid boss has dropped out of the running in the hope of succeeding Didier Deschamps as France manager after the 2022 World Cup, according to The Athletic.
The outlet claimed that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is eager to agree a compensation package with Nice in a bid to poach Galtier in next few days.
Galtier is the favourite to take over at PSG after Zinedine Zidane dropped out of the running
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by PSG after failing to win the elusive Champions League
His appointment would provide a reunion with new PSG football advisor Luis Campos, who worked alongside Galtier at Lille between 2017 and 2020.
PSG and Lille are reportedly holding talks as well over a potential deal for Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who played a pivotal role during Galtier’s Ligue 1 title charge in 2020-21.
Having persuaded Kylian Mbappe to renew his PSG contract in May, the domestic champions are now plotting a squad overhaul this summer, eager to support their French star with a glut of new additions.
The club are reportedly eyeing swoops for Inter defender Milan Skriniar, Porto midfielder Vitinha and Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior, who was asked not to renew his contract with the European champions by PSG on Sunday.