Their relationship has appeared strained ever since Conte took over at Stamford Bridge as Matic and Kante were preferred by the Italian, and the player has since admitted that the appointment was probably the reason he didn't make it in Spain's Russian Federation 2018 squad. This remains a problem for all four parties involved. Why?
"It's a very competitive league, between United who'll invest a lot, Chelsea themselves, the always improving Tottenham, Arsenal.it's a very lively league and very open to other clubs". Chelsea can't get their transfer campaign started until this is resolved, and Napoli are paying two coaches to do one job.
However, despite what De Laurentiis has said, Man City believe they remain in pole position to sign Jorginho.
Manchester City have been unwilling to match Napoli's financial demands and there are indications the Citizens feel by dragging Chelsea into the affair, the Serie A giants are trying to put pressure on them.
Antonio Conte returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground on Saturday as the Blues began their preseason preparations with no resolution in sight to the uncertainty surrounding the club's head coaching situation, sources have told ESPN FC.
There is also a strong possibility that the Italy worldwide could reunite with former Azzurri manager Maurizio Sarri, who is widely expected to replace Antonio Conte once his contract wrangle with Naples outfit is resolved.
Chelsea are already working hard to secure their first transfer targets, despite a lack of clarity at management level. To that end, they hope to complete the signing of Maurizio Sarri as boss from Napoli.
Chelsea met De Laurentiis on Monday to thrash out the terms of Sarri's compensation deal to allow him to come to Stamford Bridge.