Chelsea could confirm the arrival of Antonio Conte as coach for next season as early as next week.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich hopes to get a deal over the line as quickly as possible following the club’s Champions League exit, according to reports in Italy.
Conte will reportedly agree terms on a three-year deal and is set to bring his own backroom staff team to Stamford Bridge.
The 45-year-old will not officially take charge until after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign has come to an end, with Guus Hiddink to remain in the dugout for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, Italian publication Calciomercato claim Conte is already lining up potential targets ahead of a move to Chelsea and is keen on Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal having worked with the midfielder during his time in charge of Juventus.