Antonio Conte's sudden departure from Juventus could leave the door open for Chelsea snatch striker Alvaro Morata from the Italian club's clutches, according to French source Le10 Sport.
Conte stepped down from his position at Juventus last night having led the club to three successive Serie A titles. Former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has been named as his successor.
Chelsea to pounce?
The Italian's surprise departure may have thrown his former club's transfer plans into chaos. Juventus are close to sealing a deal for Morata from Real Madrid for around €20 million but that now could be off - and according to Le10 Sport that could open the door for Chelsea.
The French source say Conte was the driving force behind Juventus' deal, and with him gone the deal is in danger. Allegri may decide to pursue his own targets, which could give Chelsea a chance to pounce.
The Blues look short of options in attack despite the arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. If Demba Ba completes a move away from Stamford Bridge as expected then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will only be able to call upon Costa and Fernando Torres.
It is expected that the Special One will look to land at least one more forward this summer, and Morata could well be the man for the job. The young Spaniard has struggled for opportunities at Real Madrid but has found the back of the net when given the chance. Overall he has 10 goals in 35 appearances over two seasons for Los Blancos, but that includes just eight starts.
€20 million is unlikely to be a price tag that bothers Chelsea either, especially given the striker's age and obvious potential.
The summer transfer window has already been a busy one for the Blues, who have so far splashed around £85 million on three players. Cesc Fabregas has arrived from Barcelona to bolster their midfield, while Costa and full-back Filipe Luis have completed their moves from Atletico Madrid.
Although Juventus have moved to appoint Conte's successor quickly, his departure could still have big implications on their transfer plans outside of the Morata deal.
Reports in Italy say that part of the reason for his departure was because Juventus were close to completing a deal with Manchester United for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.