The London giants have already been given permission by the manager's current employers to begin talks and have all but agreed terms with their preferred candidate.

Chelsea have identified the man to replace Mauricio Pochettino less than a week after the Argentine tactician left Stamford Bridge by mutual agreement.

The man the London giants have chosen as their next head coach is Enzo Maresca, the Italian tactician who has just led Leicester City back into the Premier League this season.

The 44-year-old guided the Foxes to the Championship title in the recently concluded season, thus sealing Premier League promotion. His side finished on 97 points, narrowly edging out Ipswich Town (96 points), led by Kieran McKenna, who was also in the running for the Stamford Bridge job.

Chelsea, however, snubbed the latter and are moving ahead with Maresca, as reportedly by several credible sources, ranging from the Daily Mail to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Additionally, Sky Sports have recently revealed that Leicester have given the London giants permission to speak with their manager. Maresca has already agreed to join the Blues and is set to agree terms with Boehly and Co. on either a two-year deal with the option for another 12 months or on a straight three-year contract.

Brentford's Thomas Frank, former Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi, and Sporting CP's Ruben Amorim were also under consideration. However, Chelsea preferred a young, progressive head coach who could work with and develop alongside their young players, identifying Maresca as that ideal candidate.

The Italian's Stamford Bridge arrival looks to be a matter of when not if. He will then be tasked with improving on Pochettino's sixth-placed finish in the league, which only secured UEFA Europa Conference League qualification — Manchester United snatched England's second Europa League ticket after winning the FA Cup.