But the sight of Conte returning to pre-season training for the 2018/19 campaign has seemingly confirmed a couple of things: that, amazingly, Chelsea have kept Conte on as manager and, secondly, that Willian will seek a new club immediately.
Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy global midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract.
Sarri remains under contract with the Serie A club, despite their decision to replace him with Carlo Ancelotti.
While, Chelsea's loan players having already spent a week under coaches Eddie Newton and Tore Andre Flo at Cobham Training Centre.
This has ignited interest from Chelsea who is keen to sign a solid midfielder who can strengthen their base and the West London club are trying to hijack a deal from their rivals.
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They finished way behind champions Manchester City and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
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All that Leeds United can do now is sit and wait patiently, keeping their fingers crossed that if Sarri does become the next Chelsea manager, he will not get involved in the deal involving Blackman to Leeds.
In his first season in charge, Chelsea set a wins record with 30, finishing atop the Premier League table, comfortably ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second place.
Few Chelsea fans would have expected to see the Premier League and FA Cup winning boss back at training for the 2018/19 season after the amount of speculation after the last season ended.