In recent weeks, Antonio Conte has vaulted into pole position in the race for the job, with his appointment now being taken for granted.
Azzurri Coach Antonio Conte and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will meet next week, as confirmed again by the English Press.
Though interim boss Guus Hiddink has done a remarkable job since stepping in to steady the ship in December, the vastly experienced Dutchman is not expected to continue in the role.
Conte has so far impressed the Chelsea hierarchy in talks conducted by director Marina Granovskaia, with the detail even stretching to how he will utilise and develop Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the club's youngsters.
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It has been described as a decisive meeting between the pair, with Conte set to arrive at Stamford Bridge after his contract expires following the conclusion of Euro 2016 this summer. His exploits have landed him the Azzurri role and he has failed to disappoint on the worldwide stage either.
A topic for discussion could be the future of John Terry, who had stated that Chelsea would not be offer him a new contract but this week claimed he was hopeful of convincing the club to extend his deal. Furthermore, he will probably be afforded a substantial transfer kitty as well.
The current Italian manager enjoyed huge success at Juventus, both as a player and as a manager. There is some dead wood that needs clearing and some hunger that needs injecting.