Chelsea Capture Conte: Antonio Arrives Apace

Stamford Bridge sources have confirmed that Antonio Conte has agreed a deal to leave Borussia Dortmund and join Chelsea as their new manager. The 48-year old Italian replaces Fatih Terim who announced his retirement on Thursday.

The Chelsea job will be Conte’s seventh club as manager and comes after three seasons at Dortmund which saw his side complete the double in 2016 and reach the Champions League final, before two seasons finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich. Previously, Juventus won three Serie A titles in four years under his management (double in 2015).

Chelsea, Champions League holders, finished 2nd last season – five points behind Spurs – having beaten their London rivals to the title in 2017 in their first Premier League triumph since 2010.

Conte’s first task will be to find replacements for David Luiz and Nathan Aké, both of whom leave on free transfers next week. Aké has a deal penned with Leicester while, curiously, Luiz – currently at the World Cup with Brazil – is off to Dortmund.