Reports in Britain claim Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone is Chelsea’s long-term target to take over from Jose Mourinho.
Former Real Madrid boss Mourinho on Thursday left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent with the defending Premier League champions a point above the bottom three following Monday’s defeat to leaders Leicester City.
Guus Hiddink, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009, is reportedly in line to return as interim manager but potential full-time successors have been mooted.
Pep Guardiola has been mentioned as a possible contender for the long-term and is expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, though Chelsea would face competition from both Manchester United and Manchester City, reports have claimed.
The Daily Mail are meanwhile one of the British outlets suggesting Simeone is high on the Blues’ agenda for an appointment in time for next season.
The Daily Telegraph have also in recent days reported interest in Cholo and cite a release clause in his contract of around €20m that Chelsea would meet.
It’s felt that Simeone would be popular with the Chelsea players, particularly ex-Atletico pair Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa.
Former Sevilla boss Juande Ramos has also been linked as a short-term appointment, while the current incumbent at Nervion, Unai Emery, is an option according to British reports.