Chelsea close to Conte appointment

Antonio Conte is set to become Chelsea’s next manager and will put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract in the next 10 days.

Chelsea: Chelsea close to Conte appointmentChelsea: Chelsea close to Conte appointment

The 46-year-old’s representatives have been holding talks with the Blues and the Premier League champions are eager to appoint the Italy head coach ahead of the other managerial candidates Diego Simeone, Jorge Sampaoli and Massimiliano Allegri.

Conte’s contract with the Azzurri comes to an end after this summer’s European Championships and the Italian FA were eager to offer him an extension, only for the ex-Juventus boss to inform them he wants to return to club football.

Conte wants to sort out a deal with Chelsea before his deal with Italy expires and, according to Sky Italia, expects to sign a contract in the next 10 days having agreed a deal through until the summer of 2019.

Conte has reportedly already started putting together his transfer plans for the summer and will target moves for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, Napoli stiker Gonzalo Higuain and Roma’s Radja Nainggolan.

Juan Cuadrado, who is currently on loan at Juventus, will also be offered a second chance at Stamford Bridge having struggled to make an impact since being signed by Jose Mourinho from Fiorentina in January 2015.

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