Chelsea are ready to offer Roberto Di Matteo a one-year deal to become the club’s manager on a permanent basis, according to The Telegraph.
The Italian trainer took over from the dismissed Andre Villas Boas last term on an interim basis, and led the Blues to FA Cup and Champions League success.
Despite the former midfielder’s heroics, Roman Abramovich is thought to have wanted a big-name boss to take over in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, with Pep Guardiola his first choice.
However, with the outgoing Barcelona man determined to take a break from the game, the west London side will appoint Di Matteo on a 12-month basis.
Negotiations are said to have been ongoing over the last week, with a deal close even though Di Matteo is thought to be disappointed with the length of the contract.
Assistant manager Eddie Newton is also expected to sign on for another year also.
Chelsea have been on a spending spree so far this summer, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne joining the side.
With Hulk potentially on the way to England also, expectations surrounding the Blues for next season are sure to raised even higher than usual.
By Gareth McKnight