Estádio do Dragão boss rejects Stadio Olimpico job to take the reins at Anfield.
FC Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas has agreed to become the new Liverpool manager next season.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports the 33-year-old rejected a move to Roma because he has already signed a pre-contract with the Anfield club.
The Portuguese is regarded as the hottest prospect in football management and has been labelled the ‘next Jose Mourinho’.
Villas-Boas worked under the ‘Special One’ at Chelsea but the pair fell out over the differing views on style of play.
He has just won the Portuguese first division title, breaking many of Mourinho’s records at the club.
Mourinho’s right-hand man at Chelsea, Steve Clarke, is already the number two at Liverpool and is known to be an admirer of Villas-Boas.
Many clubs have been after the Porto boss with Inter Milan and Roma said to be at the head of the queue.
Reports suggest Villas-Boas met Franco Baldini, who has strong ties with Roma, and told him he could not take charge at the Stadio Olimpico because he already had a pre-agreement with Liverpool.
Mourinho has also told Villas-Boas it is too early in his career to move to Italy and that going to the Premier League would be more beneficial.