Italy national team boss Antonio Conte has become the new favourite to take over the Chelsea managerial hot-seat, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Blues have been linked with a plethora of managers to take over from interim gaffer Guus Hiddink at the end of the season, with Diego Simeone, Jorge Sampaoli and Mauricio Pochettino just a few of the candidates.
However, it is reported that former Juventus ace Conte has met with the Chelsea hierarchy prior to the New Year, and is considering the role after Euro 2016 with Italy.
Conte won the Serie A three times as a manager and on five occasions as a player, all with Juventus.
And the 46-year-old is keen on a challenge outside the peninsula, with sources already claiming that he is studying English in preparation for the role.
Manchester United were also reportedly contacting Conte before they chose to appoint Louis van Gaal as the Red Devils manager, but he chose the Italy job instead.