Chelsea are close to announcing the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, according to the Daily Mirror.
Reports suggest the Blues will announce the appointment within 24 hours, with Di Matteo set to take the reigns on a full-time basis. The former-Chelsea midfielder took over from Andre Villas-Boas in March, and went on to guide the Blues to a historic FA Cup and Champions League double.
But, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held off handing Di Matteo the job as he explored the availability of other candidates. Top of his list was reportedly former-Barca boss Pep Guardiola, but the Spaniard is still keen on taking a year-long sabbatical.
More than three weeks after Chelsea's triumph in Munich, Di Matteo is now set to be promoted from interim manager to permanent boss though. The Italian is believed to have agreed a one-year contract, with an option for a further 12 months depending on performance.
That gives Abramovich the flexibility to turn to Guardiola next season, if Di Matteo's spell in charge does not work out as planned.
Chelsea have not wasted any time strengthening their squad this summer, bringing in Lille star Eden Hazard and German creative midfielder Marko Marin. Despite uncertainty over the manager's hot-seat, the Blues are also thought to be close to completing a move for Porto striker Hulk.
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