It's been one of the longest-running saga's of the summer, but Antonio Conte is finally set to officially leave Chelsea.
The Italian's first 12 months at Stamford Bridge saw him capture the Premier League title in 2016/17, but his second season was far less successful, despite leading the side to an FA Cup win.
A fifth place league finish though meant the Blues will be playing Europa League football instead of mixing it up with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The pressure seemed to be ramped up on Conte in the second half of the 2017/18 season, with the former Juventus and Italy boss looking rather dishevelled towards the climax of the campaign.
Rumours have swirled around West London for months that Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri would be the man to take the helm, ones which intensified when it was announced that ex-Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti would succeed Sarri in Naples.
With that being announced almost two months ago, Chelsea fans would have expected the managerial change to have been confirmed by now to let Sarri build his team, after all the Premier League starts in just a months time.
But if the supporters thought it would be a simple exit for Conte in the near future, they could be very, very wrong.
According to Italian sources, as per the Telegraph, Conte is said to be 'disgusted' with how he's been treated by the powers-that-be at the club, and could take every penny that he is owed from them in his contract.
Chelsea's club policy when it comes to managerial departures is they pay said-manager until they find a new job, but Conte is prepared to take time off, which could cost the club £9 million.
If both parties can't agree on a financial package to leave the Conte era in the past, there's every chance the Italian and his representatives could take the club to court for 'unfair dismissal', which could cost owner Roman Abramovich even more money.
That's a situation that Chelsea and Abramovich will be looking to avoid at all costs, who will naturally want a smooth transition into the Sarri revolution.
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