Roma interested in Antonio Conte as replacement for Claudio Ranieri
By Sky in Italy
Last Updated: 25/04/19 3:30pm
Roma are interested in making former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte their new manager in the summer, according to Sky in Italy.
Ex-Fulham and Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is currently in charge there until the summer after succeeding Eusebio Di Francesco in March, but he has won just three of his seven games in charge so far.
Conte has been out of work since being sacked last summer by Chelsea, with whom he still has an ongoing financial dispute, and replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri - another reported target for Roma.
The ongoing battle between Conte and Chelsea is not thought to have a bearing over when and where he can return to football management, however.
Conte is thought to been keen to return to a job in Italy and the 49-year-old has held discussions with Juventus as a contingency should Massimiliano Allegri leave the Serie A champions, Sky Sports News reported last week.
Allegri's future is under speculation in Italy after Juve were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax, but Conte has also been linked with the Inter Milan job within the last year.
Conte is yet to reach a financial settlement with Chelsea for the remaining year of his contract, which expires at the end of June, following a Premier League arbitration hearing last month.
The Italian defended his two years in charge at Stamford Bridge, which included a Premier League title, and believes he is due his full severance package of £9m, Sky Sports News understands, but Chelsea believe he was in breach of contract over his treatment of players and staff and is due a smaller fee.
Ranieri, meanwhile, admitted on Thursday that he was in the dark over whether he could be given the Roma job full time.
Ahead of their clash with Cagliari at the weekend, he told a press conference: "I feel like a Roma coach until the end of the championship, then we'll see what happens."