Chelsea held preliminary talks with three times Champions League winning manager

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Chelsea have held preliminary talks with Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti as they look to replace Antonio Conte for the next campaign, according to the Le Parisien reports.

The news will come as a huge blow for Chelsea with Arsenal are desperate to reach an agreement with Ancelotti as a replacement for Arsene Wenger, who has confirmed summer exit from Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Antonio Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge looks very unlikely to continue beyond the current season as the defending Premier League champions hierarchy look for a replacement for former Juventus boss.

It seems that the Blues have identified Ancelotti as a potential option but there has been also reports that ex-Bayern Munich boss wants to make a move to Arsenal.

The 58-year-old Italian manager is currently out of work after being sacked by the Bavarians last campaign, however, it appears to be ready to step back into the managerial job.

He has taken charge of the likes of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, AC Milan Juventus, Chelsea as he has grown a stunning CV along the way. He now appears to be eyeing another illustrious job after claiming the three Champions League trophy.