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Paris Saint-Germain Open Talks With Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte

Paris Saint-Germain have already begun the process of replacing Unai Emery this summer, according to reports on Saturday evening.

The Guardian have alleged that the Ligue 1 giants have approached Chelsea manager Antonio Conte with a view to the Italian potentially taking the reins at the Parc des Prince from the 2018/19 season onwards.

The report suggests that Conte is one of four names to succeed Emery this summer, with Jose Mourinho, Diego Simeone and Max Allegri the other names in the hat for the role.

That said, of those four, Conte would probably be the easiest to attain with the others far more secure in their roles. The former Juventus manager has had a fractious relationship with his Chelsea bosses for the majority of the season, and despite winning the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, it would be something of a surprise if his time in the Premier League did not come to en end at the conclusion of the current campaign.

His frequent public complaints about a perceived lack of funding from the club hierarchy have led to the breakdown in relations between manager and bosses, and any offer from PSG would offer Conte a handy escape route to a team that would allow him greater financial freedom.

PSG, for their part, are desperate to make a splash in the Champions League after years of underperformance. The club have never made it past the quarter final stage of the competition, and despite the €220m acquisition of Neymar last summer, and commitment to spending over €160m more on Kylian Mnbappe, they crashed out at the last sixteen stage this season (albeit to defending champions Real Madrid).

Conte, however, could be a wanted man if he decides to sever ties with Chelsea, with the Italian national side making it very clear that they would like him to return to the role he was in before leaving in 2016.

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