The Italian has widely been expected to be given the boot this summer after the 2016/17 Premier League champions endured a torrid defence of their title, finishing fifth.
It's claimed that confidence is growing we will complete a deal to take Sarri from Napoli and appoint him as our new manager this week - potentially on Wednesday.
But a contractual dispute with Napoli has prevented Chelsea from snapping Sarri up, leaving Conte at the helm after he regularly challenged the hierarchy's authority with comments about their transfer policy in the most recent campaign.
Meanwhile, the west London giants have begun pre-season training without the involvement of current boss Antonio Conte and this appears to give a clear indication that the 48-year-old should end his association with the club in the coming days.
Giroud out to show Henry he chose the 'wrong camp'
Hazard said that his country will find it hard to beat France if Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante "is at his best" for Les Bleus . What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years.
But his brother, Daniele Conte, who is also a coach at Chelsea, took to Instagram to post a defiant picture of Conte and his eight-man coaching team at Cobham this weekend, all kitted out in the new season's training gear.
The Serie A club have been reluctant to let their manager go - despite hiring Carlo Ancelotti as their new boss.
Numbers were diminished due to several players' involvement in Russian Federation, but those who didn't feature in Russian Federation were put through their paces with fitness and stretching exercises.