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Lille attempting to hire Claudio Ranieri

Le Parisien report that Ligue 1 side Lille are now targeting Italian tactician Claudio Ranieri as a matter of priority to replace manager Christophe Galtier, who has left the domestic title-winning side for OGC Nice.

Lille President Létang has moved to delay the start of pre-season, which was initially fixed for 28th June, as the club is without a manager.

A month out from 1st August, when LOSC play PSG in the Trophée des Champions, in Tel Aviv, Lille need to get a move on.

Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace), Laurent Blanc (Al-Rayyan) and Lucien Favre (unattached) have all turned down the opportunity.

Ranieri knows Ligue 1 well, having been at AS Monaco from 2012-14 and at Nantes from 2017-18.

Ranieri, 69, is very attracted to the idea of playing Champions’ League football with Lille – he could arrive with Paolo Benetti as an assistant, Andrea Azzalin as a fitness coach and Paolo Orlandoni as a goalkeeping coach.

Decisive talks in the coming hours.

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