The former Roma and Fiorentina striker has been linked with the vacant manager's position at Middlesbrough FC.

Following the departure of Tony Pulis on Friday, Boro have been linked a host of names ranging from Jonathan Woodgate to Danny Cowley.

However, a new name surfaced on Monday in the form of Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta.

The report indicates that Batistuta is keen on starting his managerial career having completed his coaching badges last year and has put his name forward for the position.

A source close to the former Serie A winner said: "Gabi has a fantastic record both as a world-leading player and technical director."

"He has discussed the potential of a move to England as his first managerial appointment and he is very keen to work with the right club next season."

"The future for Gabi is huge having completed his coaching badges last year and any club in England would be privileged to have him as their manager."

Before joining Roma, where he won the Serie A title in the 2000-01 season, Batistuta had spent 9 years at Fiorentina.

He then moved to Inter Milan in a loan move, before finalising his playing career with Qatari side Al-Arabi where he retired in 2005.

Since then, Batistuta has held roles as a technical director and advisor in Argentina.

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