Italy head coach Antonio Conte is expected to confirm on Monday that he will quit the Azzurri in favour of Chelsea after Euro 2016 according to reports.
Ongoing talks between the former Juventus manager and the Stamford Bridge outfit’s President Roman Abramovich reportedly allowed them to broker a deal. The Conte is expected to call the FIGC on Monday afternoon, and they will announce his decision to step down after Euro 2016.
According to Rai Sport, Conte is expected to call Federation President Carlo Tavecchio on Monday to officially confirm he will be leaving his post after the international tournament.
An announcement by the gaffer means Chelsea would be free to announce they have agreed terms with Conte to take over from next season. It would also spark the race to find a suitable replacement for the Azzuris.
Playing as a midfielder, Conte became one of the most decorated and influential players in the history of Juventus. He stood out throughout his career due to his tenacity, work-rate, and leadership, captaining the team, and winning the UEFA Champions League, as well as 5 Serie A titles, among other honours.
He also played for the Italian national team and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship, where, in both occasions, the Italians finished in second place.
As a manager, Conte is known for using the 3-5-2 formation (or in certain cases, its more defensive variant, 5-3-2), fielding two wingbacks in lieu of wingers, and two pure strikers backed by an offensive box-to-box midfielder in his three-man midfield; Conte thus successfully resists the trend to use just one striker, prevalent in formations such as 4-2-3-1 that have come to dominate many clubs throughout Europe.
During his time as head coach of Juventus, he won three consecutive Serie A titles using the 3-5-2 formation, which also began to be employed by several other Serie A clubs. In his time at Bari he was noted for his unorthodox 4-2-4 formation, a modification of the classic 4-4-2 in which the outside midfielders act as attacking wingers.