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The Blues were keen to find out whether the Italian tactician will arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer or stay at the San Siro...

The transfer saga involving Milan head coach Carlo Ancelotti and Premier League giants Chelsea is still some way from reaching a conclusion, if a report in the British broadsheet The Guardian is to be believed.

It is claimed that officials representing the west London club met with the Italian tactician on Monday evening to discuss whether or not he intends to take over as manager of the English side in the summer.

Earlier on Monday, the 49-year-old was reported as stating that he has no intentions of ending his eight-year spell with Il Diavolo this summer.

Apparently, the two-time Serie A Coach of the Year had previously agreed to become Blues boss when Guus Hiddink leaves at the end of the season to concentrate on his role as head coach of the Russia national team.

However, it is thought that having guided the Rossoneri to the brink of Champions League qualification, Ancelotti may now be keen to stay at the San Siro.

The result of the alleged meeting is as yet unknown, however, it is reported that Chelsea may now turn their attentions to former Netherlands and Barcelona head coach Frank Rijkaard. Zenit St. Petersburg's Dick Advocaat and former Inter boss Roberto Mancini are also reportedly on their shortlist.

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

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