Carlo Ancelotti is set to be unveiled as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, but former England captain David Beckham has still not committed to the big-spending Qatar-backed French club.
Former AC Milan and Chelsea boss Ancelotti has been in talks with the Ligue 1 leaders in the French capital since Wednesday, after being lined up to replace Antoine Kombouare.
PSG are thought to be keen to confirm the Italian as their new coach in time for him to fly out to the Middle East with the first-team squad on Sunday for a four-day winter training camp in Qatar and Dubai.
PSG's next competitive game is a French Cup last-64 tie away to Brittany amateur outfit Locmine on January 8.
It has been reported that Ancelotti, twice a Champions League winner in his time with Milan, would become the best-paid coach in the history of the French game on a two-and-a-half-year deal with an annual salary of between six and seven million euros ($7.8m-$9m).
The club has yet to officially confirm the sacking of Kombouare, a former player who has been in the dug-out since the summer of 2009.
A statement on December 22 merely indicated that PSG and Kombouare were in "peaceful discussions."
But Beckham's agent on Friday denied media reports that the former Manchester United star had signed for the Parisian club.
"There is no agreement with PSG at this time, an offer does not make a contract, we continue to hold negotiations with a number of clubs," 19Management said in a statement released by the SEMP public relations company.
"No decision has been made and we do not expect one at the moment."
But PSG's mega-rich owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) expressed confidence that Beckham would "soon be a player for PSG".
"We are confident that he will be in attendance for the (friendly) match with AC Milan, and are happy to see David and his family settle into Paris."