LUIS ENRIQUE would reportedly be considered a viable candidate to replace Antonio Conte if he leaves Chelsea.
The Blues boss is said to have become frustrated by the club’s lack of transfer business so far this summer.
Chelsea are yet to make any additions to the Italian’s title-winning squad ahead of their return to Champions League action.
And that has left Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge is some doubt, with no new contract announced yet.
Conte was expected to sign an extension on improved terms after the season ended but that has not been the case.
Chelsea do not want him to go and are hopeful any supposed grievances can be addressed in the coming weeks as the club seek to conclude their first deals.
According to The Telegraph, the Blues hope to sign Timeoue Bakayoko from Monaco and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, but will not change their recruitment strategy to appease Conte.
Should the ex-Juventus boss walk away, Chelsea may turn to former Barcelona boss Enrique.
The Spaniard left the Nou Camp at the end of the campaign, citing the need for a rest.
But The Telegraph add he would be a feasible alternative to Antonio Conte due to his experience of managing players at the very top level.
Chelsea would not be without options should their manager go, and Enrique would be one contender for the post.
However, there is no suggestion the club have contacted any potential candidate, even with reports of Conte’s unhappiness and how he shocked them over the Diego Costa text message saga.