Chelsea and Antonio Conte could end up in the High Court as their legal battle over a severance package wages on.
According to The Times, a ‘Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal’ will rule on the matter, with Chelsea and Conte no nearer to a resolution.
The Blues sacked the Italian last summer, a year before his contract was due to expire, but his lawyers believe he is entitled to a £9m (€10.5m) payoff, unless he takes another job.
The club, on the other hand, argue the 49-year-old’s behaviour saw him breach the terms of his employment after he fell out with the likes of Diego Costa.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out more than £70m (€82m) on compensation for sacked Coaches since buying the Londoners in 2003.
Conte, for his part, became Abramovich’s ninth managerial casualty as he made way for ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, whose own position has come under scrutiny.