Aston Villa eye ex-Chelsea and West Brom man Roberto Di Matteo after Chinese takeover

Sources close to the relegated club say the deal could be rubber-stamped in principle before the end of the week.

The Far East consortium is not the only potential buyer in the mix but is considered the likeliest to strike a deal with American owner Randy Lerner.

And that looks to make former Chelsea and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo the favourite to pip Nigel Pearson to the manager’s post.

Italian Di Matteo is the man earmarked to take charge with former Liverpool and Tottenham man Damian Comolli set to become director of football.

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