The head of Italy’s national football federation has said he expects the new coach to be announced within a month.
Roma sporting director Franco di Santi confirmed on Tuesday that Francesco Totti, who has been working at the club for almost a year, will join the staff in September.
The 46-year-old has been linked with the job since a report surfaced this week about his future at the top of the Italian league, where the Bianconeri are in the midst of a second successive season in Serie A.
The appointment is a boost for the Serie A title race as Roma seek to move closer to a Champions League spot.
“It’s the right time to introduce a new coach,” Di Santi told a press conference.
“We need to get the team in the right position to take on the challenge of the Premier League.”
Totti has made an impressive start to his career with Roma, guiding them to Serie A promotion in 2013-14.
The Italian side have qualified for the Champions League this season after finishing ninth last season.
Totti will be working under the new head coach of Italy, Giuseppe Marotta, who is under contract with Roma until 2020.
Marotta was promoted from the Italian Serie B team in February 2016 and took the club to Serie B, which they finished third last season, but they fell to fifth in the league last season before being promoted.