Chelsea have agreed a ‘deal in principle’ with Italy coach Antonio Conte to become their new manager.
Conte is set to leave his post as the Italy coach in the summer when his contract expires after Euro 2016, and he is said to be eager to return to club management, with Chelsea his preferred destination.
According to Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, a deal has been reached between the 46-year old and Chelsea, and Roman Abramovich will have to make the final call on whether he gets the job.
Conte will meet with bosses at the FIGC – the Italian football federation – next month, to confirm that he will be leaving after the Euros in France in the summer.
He is also scheduled to hold further talks with the Premier League champions, ahead of Italy’s friendlies with Spain and Germany.
Massimiliano Allegri, who replaced Conte at Juventus was also a contender for the Chelsea job, but he will stay on at the Old Lady as they prepare to offer him a new contract.
“The conditions for Allegri’s contract renewal are all there. The cycle has just started with him and I believe we can continue with him.
“On top of that, finding a club better than Juventus isn’t easy. I think that he can still get great pleasure from this team, thus there is no Allegri problem,” Juventus’ Guiseppe Marotta said this week.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone was also on the list but the 45-year-old is dedicated to the Spanish club as they prepare to move into their new 69,000-seater stadium and compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid for the Spanish title. Abramovich also appeared to lose interest in Simeone.