Antonio Conte will be in London this week to finalize arrangements about a move to Chelsea in the summer.
The Italy coach and his advisors are expected in England within the next 24-hours for advanced talks about the possibility of taking over at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.
The Italian is one of the leading contenders to take over from Guus Hiddink at the end of the season and he is keen to tie up the deal as soon as possible.
The former Juventus boss is understood to want a three-year deal worth £18m and he and his representatives are hopeful of agreeing terms with the Premier League champions by the end of the weekend at the latest.
It is however believed that agreeing terms will not automatically get him the job, as owner Roman Abramovich will have to put a stamp on the deal, but he is understood to not being entirely sold on Conte, and is still examining the managerial landscape.
Conte also doesn’t have the entire backing of the Chelsea echelon, as some would prefer Massimiliano Allegri, as they believe his style would perfectly suit the club’s needs, but Juventus are keen to keep him, and have already begun the process of offering him a new deal.
Diego Simeone is another who is also dividing the Chelsea top-brass, with some believing he is better suited to the club, while others have expressed concern over his style.
Conte, meanwhile, will leave his post as the Italy coach after the Euro 2016 tournament in France in the summer, and will be readily available.