Antonio Conte
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Reports arising from Italy today indicate that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is linked with the job at AC Milan along with under pressure Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian duo is linked with the Rossoneri after manager Vincenzo Montella has recently come under fire for below-par performances despite the extravagant summer spending funded by the club’s new Chinese owners.

Milan are currently in sixth place after two defeats in six games, despite spending £170million on drastically improving the squad with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, and Hakan Calhanoglu.

Gazzetta Dello Sports reports that they have already contacted the Chelsea and Bayern bosses over potentially replacing Montella.

Milan’s next two league games could decide the former Fulham striker’s future, as they face AS Roma and then local rivals Inter Milan.

The club hierarchy is keen to big name to the managerial position as they attempt to take the club to levels it has not seen in the past few years.

Antonio Conte, who is a Juventus idol would no doubt relish the prospect of returning home and taking on the challenging task of bringing Ac Milan’s glory days back.

The former Italy manager had an incredible first season in London as he helped Chelsea lift the title in his debut season but he was tipped to leave the club after a difficult pre-season.

However, following an opening-day defeat, the Blues have turned a corner, yet he has since admitted he longs to return to his homeland

Conte, 48, explained: “I have a longing for Italy, that’s beyond any doubt.

“It’s not in my head to stay abroad for too long. It’s good to have beautiful experiences, but I intend to go back to Italy one day.”

Ancelotti meanwhile is under increasing pressure at Bayern Munich after an underwhelming start to the campaign by their standards and could welcome the chance to escape the situation with his beloved Milan.

He won the UEFA Champions League twice with the Rossoneri and made Milan one of the most feared teams on the planet during his eight-year tenure at the club.

Either would be an outstanding choice to replace Montella if he leaves, and both could potentially be available or open to joining next summer.

Montella seemingly has the season to turn things around, and it will take time for the players to gel after so many arrivals in the transfer window.

The manager will need to get improved performances from his players soon, though, with Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus all waiting in October.

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