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It looks like Crazy Conte will be the next Chelsea boss. In the last couple of days rumours have been pouring in from all kinds of sources, both reliable and unreliable, both local and global, that Chelsea have opened talks with the current Italy boss, whose contract expires after the 2016 Euros. And Italian journalist Ginanluca Di Marzio, who has been probably the most reliable Chelsea news source over the past few years, has confirmed that we have met with Conte’s representatives all day yesterday and has even described talks as “very positive”

The report, along with others, goes on to say that Conte will sign a 3-year deal with us and is set to be paid-a little- less than what Mourinho used to get from our wallet, so it looks to be a financially sound deal, and nothing like the silly numbers that were thrown about when Guardiola was rumoured to be our target.

Recent reports have also said that the man formerly thought to be ahead in the race for the Chelsea job, Max Allegri, is set to renew his current Juventus deal after their exceptional revival in Seria A, while other, less likely contenders have all sort of awkwardly fell of the rumour map. That’s how fast things change in football these days.

If the deal goes through, we will get a manager who is proven to be a serial winner, an astute tactician (I’m not too big on the whole five defenders at the back, though), and great motivator (for more information on that, you can read Pirlo’s autobiography). Conte has done a splendid job with The Old Lady of Italy both in terms of winning trophies and developing players, the most prominent example being Paul Pogba, of course. And in our luck, we have the English version of the French midfielder in Ruben Loftus Cheek, so the prospect of having our own youngster develop into a world class player adds to the excitement of this all. Since the rumours started in the last couple of days, we’ve been linked with plenty of former (Vidal) and current (Pogba) Juve players, but I’m hoping he would be willing to work with our current talent and make just a few additions rather than flip over the majority of our team.

All in all, this seems to be the best, or at least one of the best, appointments we can make right now. So let’s just pray that the eggs that we are boiling with this deal don’t get broken and we end up with Juande Ramos, instead.

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