Chelsea are hoping Antonio Conte strikes a deal to become Paris Saint-Germain’s next manager so they club save on handing the Italian a large severance package.
The Blues are expected to part ways with Conte this season after the Italian’s relationship with the board deteriorated during his second season at Stamford Bridge.
Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season but he’s continually criticised the club’s transfer policy and the Blues are looking at hiring former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
The Italian signed improved terms with the club after last season’s title success and a clause in his deal means Chelsea must pay him for up to a year after his departure.
According to the Times, Chelsea are hoping that Conte finds a new job immediately because they would avoid a huge compensation bill and would only have to make up the difference should he be on inferior wages elsewhere.
Conte earns around £9m-a-year in west London and Chelsea had to pay Jose Mourinho a similar amount after he was sacked in December 2015.
PSG are expected to sack Unai Emery at the end of the season after the French giants crashed out of the Champions League to Real Madrid.
Many in the squad such as Angel Di Maria and Thomas Meunier could leave the club if Emery is not sacked.