Chelsea Close in on Max Allegri as Conte’s Replacement

Premier League champions Chelsea are expected to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new boss in the summer with Antonio Conte set to leave.

The Juventus boss is said to be set to pencil a move to West London after the Blues ran out of patience with former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, who’s kept vacillating on the job.

Conte is on his way out of Stamford Bridge after a nightmare season that’s seem them on the brink of Europa League hell.

It is understood that despite the efforts of Blues director Marina Granovskaia on a deal to partner Enrique with former Chelsea full back Juliano Belletti as director of football, the former Barcelona boss has refused to give them any cast-iron commitment to the job.

Following Enrique’s snub, Allegri – also a top target of big-spenders Paris St-Germain – is now “nailed on” to join Chelsea, despite signing a new contract last summer to stay at Italian champions Juve until 2020.

Allegri would become the fifth Italian to coach Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era, following Conte, Roberto Di Matteo, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri.

He has already revealed that he was thinking about life after Juventus and wants to leave Italy, saying: “Certainly I will go abroad,” he said.

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