Chelsea are reportedly ready to consider appointing former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as a replacement for their unsettled boss Antonio Conte.
The Spanish tactician is out of work after leaving the Nou Camp at the end of last season as he looked to take a break from the game, but he’s seemingly being lined up by the Blues.
While Chelsea remain confident Conte will stay, reports have suggested he’s no closer to committing his future to the club despite the generous offer of a new contract.
The Italian has been involved in something of a disagreement with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich over transfers, with the club yet to get going in this summer’s transfer window.
Conte’s future is in doubt after a row with Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are not willing to make the wholesale changes being demanded by their manager, and as such have been forced to prepare for the event of his exit from Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Enrique would be one of the first names on their list, while reports elsewhere have also thrown up former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel as an option.
Enrique was hugely successful in his three seasons with Barcelona, winning two La Liga titles and getting off to a flyer with a treble victory in his first year in charge.
Luis Enrique won nine trophies in three seasons as Barca boss
Luis Enrique Barcelona honours
La Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16
Copa del Rey: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Supercopa de Espana: 2016
Champions League: 2014–15
UEFA Super Cup: 2015
FIFA Club World Cup: 2015
Still, he failed to win over some Barca fans due to a change in the team’s style of play from the Pep Guardiola era.
Chelsea fans are likely to be less picky about their managers and their preferred tactics, but there may be valid concerns that Enrique would struggle to replicate his Barcelona success without a forward line containing players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.