Antonio Conte is set for a lucrative parting of ways with Chelsea after two seasons in charge, with Maurizio Sarri waiting in the wings as the next Blues boss.
The ex-Juventus and Italy coach’s future has been under fierce speculation for months after he failed to follow up a Premier League-winning debut campaign with success in 2017-18.
But reports state that Chelsea and Conte have now agreed a £9 million ($12m) severance package to remove him from first-team coaching duties.
Conte took the Blues training on Thursday morning, but his exit is now imminent and Chelsea’s players had the afternoon off.
Ex-Napoli coach Sarri, meanwhile, could be presented as his replacement as early as Friday, with the Blues squad already informed over the change in management.
While Chelsea’s pursuit of Sarri has been rocky since the end of the season, the club is already working on several transfers requested by the Italian, including a group of targets from Serie A.