Roman Abramovich has instructed Chelsea chiefs to push forward with their summer signings, including Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to reports.
Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain and reports have claimed that the Italian will be sacked this summer, even if Chelsea beat Manchester United in next month’s FA Cup final.
Typically, clubs would wait until their new manager is in place before pressing ahead with their summer business.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Abramovich wants Chelsea to begin rebuilding the squad which is currently on course to finish outside the top four in the Premier League.
Seri, who is also on Jose Mourinho’s shortlist for Manchester United, is wanted by Chelsea and the report claims that the club will press ahead with a move.
The 26-year-old is available for €40 million (£35m) due to a release clause in his contract with Nice.
On Thursday, reports in Spain claimed that Luis Enrique is close to joining Chelsea after talks with the club.
The 47-year-old is also on Arsenal’s shortlist of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger, but the former Barcelona boss is said to favour a move to Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Luis Enrique next summer with Sport in Spain saying the coach has emerged as favorite to move to Stamford Bridge, despite recent reports linking him to the Arsenal hot seat.
The manager is one of the most coveted in the coming summer, after his exploits with Barcelona during his spell there a few years back.
Enrique led Barcelona to a Champions League title, two La Liga titles and several cup wins. His resume has been beefed up after his time with the La Liga giants and he now apparently will demand a salary in excess of 13 million.
The Sport reports, quoted by Sport Witness, says Chelsea are in deep talks to sign the manager and will leapfrog Arsenal in the chase for him.
It is said that the project at Stamford Bridge interests Enrique more than what is on offer at the Emirates, and this is the reason he has decided on join last season’s champions.