Carlo Ancelotti has flown to London for talks with Everton over becoming the club’s new manager, with an appointment seemingly moving closer.
And the Italian's first game in charge is set to be against Burnley at Goodison Park on Boxing Day, according to Sky Sports.
The Clarets first travel to Bournemouth this weekend before visiting Merseyside and reports suggest that if and when Ancelotti is appointed, he will not take charge of the Toffees until Boxing Day.
Duncan Ferguson is currently in interim charge at the club and steered his side to a win over Chelsea and a draw at Manchester United in his first two games.
The Toffees are in Carabao Cup action on Wednesday night before welcoming Arsenal to Goodison on Saturday in the lunchtime game with Ferguson set to remain in charge for both.
Ancelotti, 60, is the leading candidate to replace the sacked Marco Silva and, according to the Liverpool Echo, is keen to clarify summer transfer window plans.