A Chelsea official was spotted talking to Antonio Conte’s agent ahead of Thursday’s friendly between Italy and Spain.
Conte has announced he is stepping down as Azzurri boss after Euro 2016 and is widely expected to make the move to take over at Stamford Bridge.
And pictures of a Blues official chatting to the 46-year-old’s agent before the friendly clash only serves to further underline the likelihood he will be Chelsea manager next season.
Meanwhile, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed the Hammers approached Conte to replace Sam Allardyce last summer.
The Hammers wanted Conte but he decided he could not leave his Azzurri post whilst they were in the middle of trying to qualify for Euro 2016 so the Hammers opted for Slaven Bilic instead.
“After Sam left, we wanted a big name and he [Conte] had taken over Italy about a year or so earlier,” Sullivan said.
“He told us that he’s be lynched if he left them to join us but we had a short yet positive conversation. He did make it clear that he did fancy managing in England though.
“He also said that he would consider it in a year or so. I thought he had a brilliant track record, would know all the good Italian players and would play sexy football.”