With Antonio Conte leaving the Italian national team after Euro 2016, it looks almost certain that the former Juventus manager will be heading to Chelsea next season.
The Blues have been looking for a new boss since Jose Mourinho was sacked back in December and it looks like they have finally got their man.
However, there could have been a different face in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
Jorge Sampaoli is currently unemployed after his stint in charge of the Chilean national team ended following a falling out with their governing body and would have been a strong appointment.
The Argentine boss guided La Roja to their first ever piece of silverware when he won the Copa America in 2015 and also took them into the second round of two consecutive World Cups.
However, the 56-year-old missed out on the Chelsea job, but still maintains he was a frontrunner for the position with the west Londoners.
Speaking to Radio Vorterix in Argentina, Sampaoli said: “I had a meeting with Chelsea’s owner and he told me that I was the first option.
“I was about to be their new coach, but then Conte appeared and it became a competition between us.
“It was him or me. I needed some time in order to improve my English but this kind of club doesn’t give you that time.”
Yet, this doesn’t mean that the Premier League should be completely closed off to Sampaoli and other big clubs should start to act now.
Louis van Gaal seems to be living on borrowed time at Manchester United and the Red Devils should start seriously pursuing the former Chile manager.
Mourinho has long been touted as the successor for Van Gaal at Old Trafford, but Sampaoli would be a better fit.
The Argentine gaffer has proved that he can get the best out of the players available to him, suceeding with Chile despite Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal being the only star performers, while the former Chelsea boss prefers to invest heavily.
United spent over £100m on recruitment this season, with little reward, and doing so again would establish them as a side that just throws money away.