In yesterday's managerial rumor round-up, we mentioned how Antonio Conte might be a more realistic candidate for the job than his fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri ... and sure enough, both the Daily Mail and Gazzetta dello Sport have connected the same dots that we did.
It appears Italy boss Antonio Conte has emerged as the favourite to take over [Chelsea] in the summer. The former Juventus coach will lead the Azzurri at the European Championship in France this summer, but with his contract set to expire after the tournament and no word of an extension at this time, his future remains unclear.
While the FIGC are supposedly open to extending Conte's contract should he do well at Euro 2016, the man himself is apparently ready to "return to the daily grind of club football", where he's experienced plenty of success both as a player (5 league titles with Juve, as well as a Champions League crown in 1996) and as a manager (back-to-back-to-back Scudettos with the Old Lady in his last job). He was also accused of and convicted for failing to report alleged match-fixing during his tenure as Siena manager, eventually serving a four-month ban from football in 2012.
Conte, who has "not so secretly" been learning English for some time now, has recently been installed as a 2-to-1 odds-on second favorite for the Chelsea job after the currently unemployed Jorge Sampaoli, though I'd expect that to change in light of these reports.