The Italian coach has emerged as a leading candidate to take the reins at Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis in the summer.
Guus Hiddink is in charge on an interim basis after being parachuted in to save the club’s season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
Hiddink has steadied the ship, with some players even championing him for the job, however the Dutchman has made it clear he will be departing at the end of May.
Conte would be available this summer as his contract with the national side expires after the European Championships in France and he is not expected to pen fresh terms.
That paves the way for a move to west London, with the former Juventus boss having already reportedly met with Roman Abramovich during a recent trip to Monaco.
Comparisons have been drawn with axed boss Mourinho for his ability to create a siege mentality in the camp and the way he forms close bonds with key players.
Andrea Pirlo was one such ally during his time at Juve and the elegant midfielder explained in his autobiography that Conte’s strong words often resonate deeply.
Pirlo said: “I am extremely lucky I met Antonio Conte, I had so many coaches to compare him too, and he is the one who surprised me the most. I was expecting a good coach, but not that good.
“When Conte speaks, his words assault you. They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently and settle deep within you.
“I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve found myself saying, ‘Hell, Conte said something really spot-on again today.”
Much like Mourinho, Conte has also become known for his attention to detail when preparing for matches.
The Special One was always meticulous in his approach and drilled his message into the Chelsea squad with the help of his team of analysts.
Pirlo described Conte as being ‘allergic to mistakes’ and has made very few in the transfer market by signing the likes of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal for peanuts.
His low point in football came in August 2012 when Conte was banned for 10 months, later reduced to four, for failing to report alleged match-fixing in two games when he was coach of Siena during the 2010-11 season.
The Italian was later cleared in relation to one of these two matches.
And it was during his time at Juventus that he really made his name after leading the team to three consecutive Serie A titles and going unbeaten in 2011-12.
Gianluigi Buffon, speaking after that campaign, said: "The secret of our success is the ambition our coach has. Conte has brought a new mentality to the club.
“He has pushed us to sweat, to find strength and to undergo hard work in order to cancel out the last two disappointing campaigns.”