The increasingly imminent switch of Italy coach Antonio Conte to Chelsea looks to have taken another step in the right direction, with owner Roman Abramovich due to meet with the Italian.
Edging out in front of the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus‘ Massimiliano Allegri, the Azzurri boss is set to take over the Stamford Bridge hot-seat to succeed current interim boss Guus Hiddink.
Both Abramovich and Conte’s brother and representative, Daniele, are expected to gather in Monaco over the next two or three days in order to hash out the details of the deal. The ex-Juve boss is expected to sign a three-year contract worth €6.5 million per season.
The 46-year-old would only join the London outfit after Italy’s participation in Euro 2016 this summer though, once his two-year deal as Azzurri coach has expired.
As such, the FIGC have already begun their search for Conte’s replacement to succeed him at the helm of the national team.
Adapted from article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Mirko Graziano and Stefano Boldrini