Francesco Guidolin looks set to keep his job as Swansea City manager – and could next season get to work with Manchester City Wilfried Bony.
Guidolin’s future at the Liberty Stadium has long been the source of speculation, with reports suggesting Swansea were keen to re-appoint Brendan Rodgers as head coach this summer.
However, it is understood the Swansea board will agree to a longer-term contract for Guidolin when they meet on Wednesday.
Swansea were only two points above the relegation zone when the Italian was surprisingly chosen as successor to sacked Garry Monk in January, but since then the south Wales club have won seven and drawn three of their 15 games to head into the final round of Premier League fixtures on 46 points and with a chance of a top-half finish.
Guidolin has made no secret of his desire to extend his short-term deal and now looks set to get his wish.
In a further boost for the 60-year-old, Swansea are apparently planning a big-money attempt to re-sign Bony this summer.
Manchester City paid £25million to sign the Ivory Coast striker last January, but he has rarely figured in the starting line-up under Manuel Pellegrini and is unlikely to find his situation improve when Pep Guardiola takes over at the Etihad Stadium.
According to the Daily Mail, City could be willing to take a £7million hit on the 27-year-old just 18 months into his four-and-a-half-year contract, though the player himself is said to be hoping for a move to one of the club’s rivals at the top of the Premier League.
Swansea expect bids for Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis this summer, though, and are determined to establish themselves back in the upper echelons of the league after an indifferent campaign.