Cagliari have paved the way for Massimiliano Allegri to take charge of AC Milan after releasing the coach from his contract.
Allegri was surprisingly sacked by Cagliari in April despite a strong season but he remained under contract with the Sardinian club.
Those ties have now been severed by Cagliari President Massimo Cellino following a telephone conversation with Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani.
The Rossoneri have been looking for a new boss since parting company with Leonardo at the end of last season and have made no secret of their interest in Allegri.
With Allegri now available to take a new job, Milan are expected to move quickly for a young coach considered one of the most promising in Italy.
A statement on Cagliari's official website read: "Despite the bitterness and the disappointment left by the scarce involvement shown by the coach Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season, President Massimo Cellino has decided to free him following a request made by Milan.
"Cagliari have not asked for any financial compensation considering the impossibility of quantifying the value of feelings."
Source: Sky Sports