Chelsea close in on French deal as Director ‘has met’ with former PSG boss Blanc
Reports have now claimed Chelsea have turned their attentions to hiring Laurent Blanc, as a deal for Maurizio Sarri looks dead in the water.
It was widely expected that Sarri would replace departing boss Antonio Conte this transfer window, as he was in deep talks with the club after leaving Napoli and being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
The situation with Sarri was already complicated by a £7million release clause at Napoli but Chelsea are now more alarmed by an exchange the Italian had with new Italy manager Roberto Mancini, with the Italian claiming the former Napoli boss hurled homophobic insults at him during a touchline row when he was Inter Milan boss.
And now the Daily Mail website has claimed the Blues have switched their attentions to the highly-regarded Frenchman Blanc, who has been out of work since leaving PSG two years ago.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has reportedly met with former National team boss about the possibility of leading the club next season.
Hiring a new manager has become a top priority for the Blues as they cannot acquire the players they need to improve the squad, which has cast serious doubt on the futures of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.
Both players have failed to commit their long-term futures to the club and are waiting to see who the club sign before he are even willing to open contract talks.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is also in the running, but may take some time out after guiding the Spaniards to their third Champions League win in a row.