Italy head coach Antonio Conte has agreed basic terms to takeover at Chelsea next season and the deal is just awaiting Roman Abramovich’s approval, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian sports daily claims the former Juventus boss is among the candidates to succeed Jose Mourinho along with Diego Simeone and Max Allegri.
Conte was sounded out about the Real Madrid job last year after the sacking of Rafa Benitez but he insisted he would not leave his country before Euro 2016.
The 46-year-old has been studying English and has set his sights on working in the Premier League after his national service.
Guus Hiddink is currently holding the fort at Stamford Bridge until the end of the campaign.