Italy coach Antonio Conte has reportedly held more talks with Chelsea representatives in London last week.
Both the Daily Express and Daily Star ‘exclusively’ report that Conte has been lined up to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.
Italy coach Conte, 46, is out of contract at the end of the European Championships and has yet to be offered a new deal and much will depend on the Azzurri’s progress in France and the Italian Football Federation’s desire to keep the former Juve man.
Conte, who is not due to discuss his future with the FIGC until February, is believed to want a return to club football and unless he steers Italy to victory in the summer, they are not expected to stand in his way.
The Daily Star reported back in December that Conte was at the top of Roman Abramovich’s short-list and the Leece-born manager is believed to be taking English lessons as he looks to broaden his horizons.
The latest reports claim Conte met Chelsea agents last week for the second time to talk about the possibility of moving to Stamford Bridge once the Euros are finished; he was also in London before Christmas.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli and Stoke boss Mark Hughes have all been linked with the post.