This will be the 41-year-old former Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG midfielder's first full managerial role. He will arrive in Corsica on Monday to sign a deal to succeed Frederic Hantz, who in a four-year spell gained Bastia promotion to Ligue 1 with a tenth place finish last term.
Makelele will be assisted by former Bordeaux player Didier Tholot, 50, who coached Ligue 2 side Chateauroux from June 2010 to late 2013. Goalkeeping coach Hervé Sekli will remain and has signed a three-year deal.
Makelele has acted as PSG's assistant manager since 2011 after his retirement from the pitch where he won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2002, and the English Premier League title with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006.
He has also won league titles in France with Nantes in 1995 and twice in Spain with Real in 2001 and 2003. He played 71 times for France, and was part of Raymond Domenech's side that were beaten on penalties by Italy in the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.
Makelele will be presented to fans and the media on Tuesday. He will have to rebuild the Corsica side with 11 senior players arriving at the end of the contract or on loan deals.