It was widely believed that former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique will become Conte’s successor in the summer as there were numerous claims that he had reached an agreement with the Blues.
Surprisingly, another report emerged that the Spaniard has rescinded his decision to switch to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea refused to agree to a £8m-a-year contract he demanded. Enrique is now being linked heavily with a move to Arsenal whose manager Wenger, would be moving out of Emirates stadium.
Meanwhile, Chelsea seem to have moved on from Enrique’s saga and they are reportedly considering hiring Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri in the summer.
Sarri is currently in one of the best seasons in his coaching career as his team are just a point behind Juventus who are in the first position on the Serie A table.
Sarri has a £7m release clause in his contract with the Naples but his salary is reportedly cheaper compared to Enrique’s salary demands.
The Blues could be a step closer to hiring the 59-year-old as his agent was reportedly spotted at London where he is believed to have held a round-table discussion with Chelsea board of directors.
Carlo Ancelotti, Huddersfield manager David Wagner, Juventus’ Maximiliano Allegri and PSG’s Unai Emery are the other options being considered for the Chelsea managerial post which would be vacated by Antonio Conte in the summer after a poor run of results.