Talks have taken place between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nuno Espirito Santo over a shock return to Molineux.
Nuno left Wolves 17 months ago but the club are seriously considering bringing him back and have opened talks with his representatives.
The former Wolves boss is believed to have told them he would love to return and is keen on an emotional reunion with the club where he enjoyed so much success, guiding them from the Championship to successive seventh place in the Premier League and a Europe. Championship quarter-final.
Nuno left Wolves after the team fell to 13th in 2020-21, but relations between him and chairman Jeff Shi remain cordial.
The 48-year-old is currently in Saudi Arabia in charge of Al-Ittihad, the club he joined in the summer after a hiatus following his short-lived spell at Tottenham Hotspur. He signed a two-year contract with Al-Ittihad, where he was joined by three former Wolves staff; first-team coach Ian Cathro, fitness specialist Antonio Dias and goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa.
It is believed that a sticking point could see him out of his contract with Al-Ittihad, but there is a willingness on both sides to explore a solution after initial talks between the two sides.
Then it will be up to Fosun and Wolves chairman Jeff Shi to rehire their former head coach or look elsewhere. Shi is currently soliciting available candidates and interviewed former Wolves manager Rob Edwards this week, after Julen Lopetegui turned them down for family reasons.