Chelsea will reportedly face competition from AC Milan in their bid to appoint Antonio Conte as their new coach in the summer.
It has been suggested that the Premier League champions were assessing their choices and had identified the Italian tactician as an option, according to The Independent.
With Jose Mourinho being sacked last month, coupled with Guus Hiddink being appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season, the Blues will need to plan their long-term future and Conte is certainly one of the best managers that could be available after Euro 2016.
The former Juventus boss will see his contract with the FIGC expire after the tournament, but it has now been reported that Milan will also be in the running for his signature, as reported to Football Italia.
With Sinisa Mihajlovic coming under increasing pressure after their indifferent start to the campaign, speculation has suggested that Marcello Lippi could take charge of the Rossoneri for the remainder of the season if the Serbian coach doesn’t oversee an upturn in form.
While Lippi would then move into a different role at the club in the summer, Milan are considering a €4m per season deal for Conte as they will no longer be paying the contracts of former bosses Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi.
The club have gone through a tumultuous period in their history in recent years, with their managerial turnover a real cause for concern for supporters.
However, Conte is seen as a long-term solution having guided Juve to multiple Serie A titles during his spell with the club prior to taking the Italy job, but his primary focus for the time being will be on helping the Azzurri enjoy a successful European Championship in France this summer.