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.
As first reported last week by @CarlitosSuarez, sources tell me that Inter Miami are indeed talking with ex-Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari about becoming the club's first head coach. Solari and Beckham were Madrid teammates for two years.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) September 24, 2019
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.
A día de hoy y con el apoyo de algunas fuentes podemos decir que el gran favorito para ser DT del @InterMiamiCF @InterMiamiCF_ES en la @MLS @futbolMLS es el argentino Santiago Solari ex DT del @realmadrid #MLS #InterMiamiCF @jrojasa75 pic.twitter.com/2v9WNPDIqB— Carlos Suárez (@CarlitosSuarez) September 20, 2019
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.