Representatives of potential new Chelsea coach flying into London for talks on Thursday

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According to reports, Chelsea could be on the brink of appointing a new coach, with Antonio Conte understood to be closing in on the top job at Stamford Bridge.

The Mirror note that representatives of the 46-year-old are flying into London for talks on Thursday over the prospect of Conte becoming the Blues’ head coach.

Conte has emerged as the front runner for the job in recent days, and the tabloid’s report could appear to indicate that the Italian coach is being seriously considered for the role.

The Pensioners replaced Jose Mourinho in December, before installing Guus Hiddink as the interim coach until the season’s end.

The Dutch coach has steadied the ship, and has only lost one match—in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain—although he is yet to pull the reigning champions out of the bottom half of the table, a legacy of Mourinho’s miserable first few months of the season.

Conte is currently the coach of Italy, and surely remain at the helm of the Azzurri during the European Championships this summer.

The 46-year-old won five Serie A titles as a Juventus player, and three as coach of the Old Lady. He also won the Champions League during his playing career in Turin.

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