A former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has held talks with AC Milan and will be replacing current manager, Gennaro Gattuso “within hours.”

Conte finally left Chelsea after a long stand-off with the club’s board over his £9million pay-off, and is believed to be preparing legal action over the nature of his exit.

Chelsea’s decision to sack Conte may not have cost them as much as they initially feared, with multiple reports in Italy claiming that the Italian is in talks with AC Milan.

Leonardo is also expected to replace Massimiliano Mirabelli as AC Milan Sporting Director.

The club has already made contact with Conte who has given his absolute approval to the move.

Naples Radio reports that Conte’s move could be completed “within hours”, though the Italian is believed to have asked for time to resolve his situation with Chelsea.