Lazio have confirmed the appointment of former Argentina and Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach.

The 60-year-old has been out of a job since August 2015 after he resigned as manager of Marseille but will officially join the Biancocelesti on Saturday.

Lazio sacked Stefano Pioli in April and named their former striker Simone Inzaghi as boss until the end of the season.

Inzaghi, 40, guided the club to eighth place in Serie A but their failure to win a place in the Europa League next season has resulted in a move for the experienced Bielsa.

Reports on Wednesday claimed Bielsa could be named as Gerardo Martino's replacement as Argentina coach - a position the former Athletic Bilbao boss held between 1998 and 2004.

However, Lazio released a statement on their official website which read: "As revealed by the news media, Lazio announces that it has already deposited the contract of Marcelo Bielsa and his staff.

"The club also announces that, as per the communication received, the coach and his staff will be in Rome on Saturday, July 9."