Antonio Conte looks set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season despite having a contract until next year.
The Chelsea boss is “preparing to move on”, says the Daily Mail, and the Premier League side are already drawing up a list of replacements.
Names on the shortlist include Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri, ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti, who yesterday was linked with Arsenal as a replacement for Arsene Wenger.
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The Sun reports that Conte, who led the Blues to the Premier League title last year, is “upset” at the club’s transfer policy and growing increasingly frustrated at the Bridge.
Allegri’s success at Juventus and AC Milan makes him Chelsea’s preferred choice to take over from Conte. He has won four Serie A titles in the last six years and taken Juve to two Champions League finals.
However, he has a contract with Juve until 2020 that would make it hard for Chelsea to lure him away from Turin, Metro reports.
If Chelsea are unable to get Allegri, Enrique could become favourite for the job. He has been out of work since quitting as Barcelona manager last summer and was very successful during his time at the Camp Nou.
The Spaniard won two La Liga titles and the Champions League during his three years at Barcelona and Metro says he is “thought to be interested in working in the Premier League”.
Meanwhile, bookies Paddy Power have Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as favourite for the Chelsea job if Conte decides to move on.
Next Chelsea manager betting odds
Latest best odds on who will replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager:
- Maurizio Sarri: 5/4
- Carlo Ancelotti: 15/8
- Thomas Tuchel: 4/1
- Joachim Loew: 8/1
- Massimiliano Allegri: 8/1
- Luis Enrique: 10/1
- Diego Simeone: 10/1
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