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Deal Close as Antonio Conte set to become manager of Serie A giants

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is being lined up to replace Eusebio Di Francesco as Roma manager, according to a report.

The Giallorossi are said to be on the brink of sacking Di Francesco following a run of one win from five Serie A matches to begin the season.

Italian outlet IlBianconero suggests that Conte is among the contenders to take over at the Stadio Olimpico should Roma swing the axe.

Conte has been out of work for the past two months, having been replaced by Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea shortly after lifting the FA Cup, adding to the Premier League title won in his maiden campaign.

The ex-Italy manager has also had success in his homeland with Juventus, winning three Serie A titles in a row between 2012 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Watford are reportedly hopeful of signing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill on a free transfer next summer.

Cahill is currently in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and has fallen down the pecking order under new boss Maurizio Sarri, failing to make a single appearance for the club so far this season.

The 32-year-old is widely expected to end a seven-year stay with Chelsea when his contract does expire, and French outlet La Gazette des Transferts reports that Villa and Watford are among the clubs eager to snap him up.