The Italy coach is expected to succeed Guus Hiddink in the Blues’ dugout ahead of 2016/17, with the Azzurri coach having already confirmed that he will leave his current post after EURO 2016.
With Chelsea having put up a miserable defence of the title they won under Jose Mourinho, a summer overhaul is expected, and reports claim that Conte wants Roma’s Nainggolan and Manolas as he puts plans in place.
Nainggolan is a ferocious box-to-box midfielder, who has emerged as one of the most feared men in his position in Serie A.
The Belgium international could form the bedrock of a new-look engine room, with Nemanja Matic’s form having dipped alarmingly this term.
Centre-back Manolas is also wanted, with the Greece international a potential replacement for John Terry.