Chelsea have met with Italy boss Antonio Conte over a possible appointment as they look to fill the role once interim manager Guus Hiddink leaves, Mirror reports.
Hiddink has already revealed that he will be on his way out of Stamford Bridge once the campaign comes to an end.
The Blues have been linked with a host of managerial candidates following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, who is now heavily tipped to join Manchester United in the summer.
Apart from Conte, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri along with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone have emerged as other possible alternatives.
It is now said that club officials have already opened talks with Conte to discuss the terms of a potential contract should he decide to join after he completes his duties with the Italy national team.
The club are struggling to finish with a spot in Europe after a shocking start to the season as they now sit 12th on the table, seven points away from a Europa League place in sixth.