Date: 26th June 2018 at 5:02am
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Chelsea have endured a difficult period since beating Manchester United in last month’s FA Cup final, as the Blues push towards managerial change.

Roman Abramovich is keen to oust Antonio Conte from Stamford Bridge following the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri the favourite to take charge, but Chelsea have encountered problems relating to a pay-off for the Italian.

Conte is due a £9m fee if he’s axed by Chelsea this summer, which the Blues are reluctant to pay, and The Daily Express states the Premier League side are looking to exploit a legal loophole which will allow them to pay a reduced fee.

Per the reports, Chelsea allege that Conte mismanaged the departure of Spain international Diego Costa last summer, who returned to Atletico Madrid, after informing the striker he would not be part of his squad via a text message.