Guus Hiddink will become Chelsea manager next week because he is the only credible candidate in the eyes of Roman Abramovich, according to ESPNsoccernet sources.
The hold-up of Hiddink's anticipated return to Stamford Bridge is described as a "game of poker" between Abramovich and the Turkish FA, the Dutchman's current employers.
The source said the row over compensation should be resolved shortly, perhaps by next week.
Chelsea have looked around at various alternatives while there have been problems with the Turks, but Hiddink remains the sole choice of the Russian oligarch owner.
A return for Jose Mourinho is considered unrealistic, while Mark Hughes has yet to manage at the highest level, and that has been the case of a number of other young possibilities who were mooted.
The intensity of pressure at Chelsea calls for a vastly experienced manager like Hiddink. Hiddink, who has always maintained close ties, has recommended that Abramovich considers buying Arda Turan, the Galatarsary star who also interests Tottenham and Newcastle.
The 22-year international has impressed Hiddink in his time as Turkey boss and he has told the Russian billionaire to sign the £18 million-rated left-sided attacker, who could become Hiddink's first signing on arrival back at the Bridge.