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Chelsea face late twist in pursuit of Antonio Conte amid interest from Serie A giants

AC Milan are reportedly considering a late shock move for Antonio Conte with the Italian seemingly set for a move to Chelsea ahead of next season.

Conte’s current deal with the FIGC is set to expire after Euro 2016, and the Italy boss has confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract.

In turn, that has led to significant speculation over his future with suggestions that he has already agreed a deal with Chelsea, as reported by The Express.

However, based on a report from The Daily Mirror, it isn’t quite a done deal as of yet with the Rossoneri hoping to persuade him to take over from Sinisa Mihajlovic at the San Siro.

The Serbian tactician has done a relatively impressive job at the club in his first season in charge, bringing through several young stars as well as guiding the team to the Coppa Italia final in May.

Nevertheless, they haven’t been consistent enough in Serie A, and as a result they are now likely to miss out on Champions League football yet again as they continue to sit in sixth place in the standings and 11 points adrift of third-placed Roma.

According to The Mirror, there is a disagreement over how many coaches and personnel that Conte can take to Stamford Bridge as part of his backroom staff, and that in turn has given Milan an opportunity to take advantage and make a late push to appoint him.

Having previously guided Juventus to great success in Italy during his tenure, Conte’s return to Serie A would undoubtedly have a major impact on all the sides at the top of the table.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not he would choose that over an opportunity to coach abroad with a club that will be chasing honours next season after a disastrous campaign this time round.

Both Milan and Chelsea will be without Champions League football next season, so ultimately it comes down to what the Italian tactician believes is the right move for him, with both clubs needing a big push in the right direction.

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