Report: Former Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari could coach Inter Miami

Santiago Solari - Real Madrid - training

UPDATE, 2 pm ET Tuesday: The reports of Inter Miami being in talks with ex-Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari were confirmed by The Athletic's Sam Stejskal on Tuesday.

Friday: Preparations are ramping up for Inter Miami's inaugural season in 2020, and a possible frontrunner for the head coaching position has emerged.

Miami-based BeIN Sports and DIRECTV Sports commentator Carlos Suarez reported on Friday that Santiago Solari is the favorite to be the first head coach of the expansion team.

Solari, 42, is a native of Argentina with extensive playing experience in Europe, South America and North America and is coming off a stint managing global titans Real Madrid last year.

Solari, who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid, Inter Milan and River Plate, among others, speaks fluent English, in part due to his unlikely route to the top of the sport, where he attended Stockton University in New Jersey in the mid-1990s before starting his professional playing career.

Inter Miami's initial signings have included a number of young South American professionals, and bringing in a fellow South American could help blend the squad for the first season in Miami. He also has a previous connection with Miami co-owner David Beckham from their two seasons playing at Real Madrid together, from 2003-2005.