Chelsea close to sign Antonio Conte; back-room staffs to follow

Chelsea are closing tabs on Antonio Conte as their next substantive manager after the Club agreed a deal with him to bring four of his back room staff, Leaguelane.com has gathered.

According to our sources in Italy, Chelsea officials conducted talks with Conte’s representatives early this week is far advance to finalised the deal which will also bring four of his back-room staff to Stamford Bridge.

Leaguelane.com understand that Conte’s long time scouts Mauro Sandreani and Gianluca Conte as well as assistants Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carerra are the reported four.

Chelsea are still in search of a permanent manager after they parted ways with Jose Mourinho in December over what the club term as “palpable discord” between him and the players.

Guus Hiddink is the interim boss at Chelsea enjoying his second stint after being at same position and terms in 2008/09 season.

The Dutchman lifted the club from 16th position on the table, one point above the relegation zone from where Jose Mourinho left to 11th. They are unbeaten in the Premier League since then, but he will not continue his job beyond this season due contractual agreement with Chelsea.

Following their exit from Champions League after losing to French outfit Paris Saint Germain on both legs, the Blues are certain to miss out on a spot at the Europe’s elite competition next season.

Their only real chance to win a silver-ware this season is through the FA Cup and the Blues will be in action against Merseyside club Everton on Saturday evening.