The Italy coach is widely expected to succeed interim boss Guus Hiddink once his Azzurri duties come to an end following EURO 2016 – he has already confirmed that he will step down as the historic nation’s coach after the tournament.
Since speculation surrounding a switch to Chelsea kicked off a few weeks ago Conte has been aligned with a host of top players ahead of what looks likely to be an active summer in west London on the back of a disastrous campaign, and reports claim that Napoli’s Higuain and Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain are both wanted.
It’s understood that the former – who is the top scorer in any of Europe’s top five leagues this term with 29 Serie A goals – is the priority, and that he’s being viewed as an option to join Diego Costa, not replace him.
However, with competition for the Argentine set to be fierce, Cavani is also being looked at.
The Uruguayan has long been linked with a move away from PSG, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to leave he may be handed the main striker berth at the Parc des Princes, which could put him off of a move.