Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte, Geroge Hirst - Chelsea gossip

Chelsea Gossip

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's search for a new manager involved him reportedly meeting Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. (Gazetta World via Daily Express)

But Italy coach Antonio Conte is the leading contender to take over at the Stamford Bridge club and Blues are prepared to offer the 46-year-old a three-year deal worth £4.75m-a-season after tax. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea are one of a number of clubs - including Newcastle, Southampton and West Ham - competing for the signature of 17-year-old Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst, who is the son ex-Owls forward David. (Daily Mail)

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