The post of Chelsea manager is a most in-demand job in the football world at the moment. The West London club are actively looking for a candidate to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink in the summer, and numerous names have been linked to the job.
The Evening Standard has claimed that former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has informed the Blues that he wants to manage the club. Sampaoli already met with Abramovich and personally told him he’s ready for the job this summer.
Sampaoli has, last month, quit from his post of Chile national coach and he is looking to manage a major European club. He led the Chile national team to their first ever Copa America title in 2015.
A couple of days ago, the Telegraph also claimed that Sampaoli has made his way to the list of probable candidates for Chelsea job alongside Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Italy coach Antonio Conte and Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Conte is reportedly leading the race and according to Italian publication Gianluca di Marzio, representatives of the West London club has already met with the former Juventus manager.
Atletico Madrid and Juventus are keen to hold onto their respective managers. Hence Conte and Sampaoli have emerged as more realistic targets for Chelsea.