Mauricio Pochettino looks set to be confirmed as Chelsea manager after reaching an agreement with the club to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Owner Todd Boehly has offered the job to the former Tottenham boss, who is heading back to London to take charge of the Blues from the start of next season.
The Telegraph reports that Pochettino has agreed a three-year contract. He will replace Frank Lampard, whose spell as interim boss finishes at the end of the season.
Pochettino will inherit a side that has endured a miserable season.
They are 11th in the Premier League, well outside contention for a Champions League place, and Boehly will expect a big improvement next season.
Pochettino will have a number of issues to deal with – including the future of Mason Mount.
Mount’s contract expires next year and he has yet to agree a new deal.
And The Sun say the England international is on his way out of the club and that Pochettino’s appointment will not change the situation.
The Sun say Mount was offered a one-year extension but it was “flatly rejected” as it was “seen as a ploy simply to raise his transfer fee”.
The newspaper also reports that relations between the club and Mount’s representatives are “at an all-time low” .
‘A Blues source’ is quoted as saying: “It feels like it is too late now for Mason. Pochettino is good but he can’t work miracles.
“If he had been brought in when Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel in September then maybe it would be a different story.
“But in ten months there hasn’t been any resolution and other clubs want him. Good luck to Poch and Mason but we’re not hopeful.”