Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Antonio Conte’s representatives in an attempt to convince the Italian to leave Chelsea this summer.
It is heavily insinuated that the Ligue 1 club is prepared to part company with Unai Emery at the end of the season when his contract expires, and Conte is one of four managers the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is considering as a replacement.
PSG has approached Conte in the knowledge that he is frustrated at Chelsea and possibly looking for a new challenge.
However, a return to coach the Italy international squad would be another option for the 48-year-old, should he part company with the London club in the summer even as Chelsea board is set to discuss Conte’s future next month.
PSG would be able to offer Conte a small increase in salary and the initial talks were positive, although they are also currently withholding a formal approach and are still considering their options.
Previously, the French club hired Emery in 2016 after he had won an unprecedented third Europa League in a row with Sevilla.
But despite PSG’s hopes Spaniard’s European experience would help them finally lift the Champions League, Emery’s first year in charge saw them going out to FC Barcelona in the last 16 despite having won the home leg 4-0, while this season they were again eliminated in the first knockout round, this time Real Madrid progressing 5-2 on aggregate.
Conte, on the other hand, showed at Chelsea that he is capable of creating a team that can overcome the odds and win titles.
The Blues won the league in his first season at Stamford Bridge and although his second campaign has not been as successful there is recognition in Paris that he was not backed in the summer transfer window and that the squad has lacked the required depth and quality to compete in Europe and domestically.