Chelsea have identified Zinedine Zidane as Maurizio Sarri’s successor should they decide to sack the under-pressure boss, according to reports.
However, they may face fierce competition from Manchester United.
Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend has left Sarri’s future in serious doubt just weeks after they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.
According to The Sun, talks among Chelsea’s top brass have led to Zidane becoming the No 1 candidate to take charge.
Chelsea are drawn to the fact Zidane boasts three Champions League triumphs in three years during his time with Real Madrid as manager.
But any attempt to land Zidane now may prove difficult with the Frenchman currently on a sabbatical.
Zidane is thought to be keen on taking a job in the Premier League but does not entertain the idea of joining a team half way through the season.
Chelsea also face competition from Manchester United should they decide to hold off on making a decision on Sarri and then purse the 1998 World Cup winner in the summer.