Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has agreed a deal to take over at Chelsea at the end of the campaign, according to reports.
Chelsea were on the lookout for a new manager having sacked Jose Mourinho last year.
Guus Hiddink is currently in charge at Stamford Bridge but he is only serving as an interim until the end of the season.
Calciomercato claim that Chelsea have agreed a four-year deal worth £5.3m a season with Allegri, who has been linked with Manchester United in the event of Louis van Gaal’s exit.
Pep Guardiola was Chelsea’s No.1 choice but owner Roman Abramovic turned to Allegri after it was confirmed that Guardiola would be joining Manchester City.
Allegri was considered to be an outsider for the Man United job if van Gaal left, with Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs said to be the front-runners for the position.
If the claims about Allegri are true, United are running out of candidates to replace van Gaal should he leave. It could backfire spectacularly if Mourinho ends up elsewhere, too.