Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte, Geroge Hirst - Chelsea gossip

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

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) external-link

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)external-link

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