Chelsea could turn to Avram Grant if they continue to struggle in their search for Antonio Conte’s replacement.
Conte won the Premier League title in his debut season at Stamford Bridge and lifted the FA Cup at the end of this season, but the 48-year-old is keen to move on ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
However, it’s believed Conte is holding out for Chelsea to relieve him of his duties. This would mean that the Blues would be forced to give the Italian a full payout of £9million.
According to The Daily Mail, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc is Chelsea’s top managerial target, with Maurizio Sarri seemingly out of the picture.
Chelsea were already concerned about the £7million release clause in Sarri’s contract at Napoli and previous accusations of homophobia have resurfaced.
It’s claimed that former Chelsea boss Grant remains on the club’s radar as he is an integral member of Abramovich’s inner circle.
Abramovich views Grant as a steady pair of hands after the Israeli steered Chelsea to the Champions League final back in 2008.
Gary Cahill admitted earlier this week that speculation surrounding Conte had impacted Chelsea’s players.
‘It’s been a strange season. There’s been a lot of speculation for many months now,’ he said.
‘The season has finished, it finished on a high for us. We won a major trophy so that was great for everybody – for the fans, the players and the staff.
‘And what will be this summer will be and as players we have no influence over that and I’m sure you will get your answers to your questions in the next month or so.’