Roberto Di Matteo
CHELSEA look set to offer Roberto Di Matteo the vacant manager's job – though Pep Guardiola remains the man waiting in the wings.
The former assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, who finally delivered the Blues their first Champions League trophy last month, looks likely to be unveiled as permanent manager three months after stepping up as caretaker.
But it is understood that Roman Abramovich remains keen on Guardiola in the long term – though the Spaniard is presently enjoying a year away from football.
The Blues' summer dealings already have a touch of the Guardiola look about them, which Chelsea apparently attempting to assemble a Barcelona-style forward line of interchangeable talents.
Winger Eden Hazard, already signed from Lille, is likely to also be used as a classic number 10, or even a centre forward. The same is true of Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk, whose transfer Portuguese sources say is '90 per cent' complete.
Chelsea are also understood to be on the look-out for a right back to replace the released Jose Bosingwa, as well as a midfield distributor to act as a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.