Asmir Begovic is set to become Chelsea’s new No 1 as doubts over Thibaut Courtois’ future continue.
The Bosnian could assume the role as soon as Saturday, when Chelsea face Swansea, with Courtois expected to be dropped.
The former Stoke goalkeeper’s opportunity sheds further uncertainty over the future of Chelsea’s current No 1.
Begovic arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer, playing regularly at the start of the season owing to a knee injury suffered by Courtois.
But the 28-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by since the Belgium international’s return to fitness.
However, Begovic is poised to be thrust back into action between now and the end of the season, interim boss Guus Hiddink prepared to hand him an opportunity to impress.
Conte held talks with Hiddink during a whirlwind visit of Chelsea’s training ground earlier this week.
And the incoming Chelsea manager will be interested to see how Begovic performs as he mulls over his goalkeeping options next season.
Begovic has a good relationship with goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon who, together with first-team coach Steve Holland and technical director Michael Emenalo, is expected to stay at Stamford Bridge during the Conte era.
And the fact Lollichon will continue in his role next season could help smooth Begovic’s transition to No. 1 if Conte decides to go in that direction.
Courtois’ future is set to become an issue this summer, with Real Madrid keen on the keeper if they can’t land David De Gea from Manchester United.
Indeed, the Belgium goalkeeper, it is believed, would find it virtually impossible to turn down a return to the Spanish capital.
Chelsea would consider selling one of their top stars this summer to help Conte rebuild the squad following a difficult season.
The Blues would put a heavy price on Courtois’ head, but an offer in-excess of £50million may be difficult for Chelsea to turn down, particularly with a proven Premier League keeper in Begovic ready to step in.