Inter Milan are have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Antonio Conte.
Inter, owned by the Chinese retail giants Suning, are preparing a contract offer for Conte thought to be worth up to £12.5million a year to lure him back to Italy.
They are also in the process of recruiting a new technical staff which features several of his trusted former colleagues.
Among them Walter Sabiatini, the former sporting director of Roma, who has been confirmed as Inter’s technical co-ordinator. He was keen for Sabiatini to be involved on his backroom team at Chelsea but did not get his wish last summer.
Inter, who sacked manager Stefano Pioli this week, are also trying to bring back Gabriele Oriali, a former player and sporting director, who worked closely with Conte when he was in charge of the Italy team.
They also want Dario Baccin, a respected scout and former team-mate of Conte, and Cristian Sellini, a youth team coach at Genoa, who worked with Conte at Siena and Juventus.
As part of talks to lure these coaches, Inter have made a point of telling them that they are serious about bringing Conte to the San Siro.
They are also promising funds to build a team capable of taking Inter back to the top of Italian football.
Conte has two years left on his £6.5m-a-year contract at the Bridge and Roman Abramovich will offer him improved terms which will catapult him into the top tier of world coaches when the Premier League title is won.
Chelsea will be confirmed champions if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday and are in the FA Cup final where they will play against Arsenal.