Renault is shaping up to reveal Fernando Alonso as the works team's driver for 2021.
The rumours gained new momentum last week, when Spanish radio Cadena SER said the two-time world champion could even return to Formula 1 this season to replace McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo.
Team boss Cyril Abiteboul denied that, insisting that Australian Ricciardo "has a contract that he will fulfil".
But the Frenchman admitted that Renault is "talking to several drivers for next year, and among them is Fernando Alonso".
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It appears that a contract may already be signed.
Noemi de Miguel, a reporter for Spanish television Movistar, says she has learned that "Renault plans to make an official announcement on Wednesday (8 July)".
She did not specifically mention Alonso, but revealed: "After the race (in Austria), Cyril Abiteboul told mechanics who have been around for more than 15 years that they have already worked" with Renault's next driver.