Rafa Benitez could be installed as new Chelsea manager in the next 24 hours. Roberto Di Matteo's departure was confirmed after talks overnight and owner Roman Abramovich has already made moves to find a replacement.

With former Barcelona chief Pep Guardiola unwilling to cut short his 12-month sabbatical from the game, the first choice is Benitez.

Sky Sports says talks have already taken place, and it is understood Chelsea want their new coach - be it interim or not - in place before this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City.