Chelsea have made Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino their first-choice candidate to replace Antonio Conte as manager, according to reports.
Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England but his position is now under threat following an inconsistent campaign.
Chelsea could still win the FA Cup this term but they are already out of the Champions League and face an uphill battle to finish in the top four.
Conte has also been at the centre of bust-ups with Diego Costa and David Luiz, while the Italian has also publicly criticsed Chelsea’s hierarchy over their transfer policy.
Chelsea are exploring alternatives to Conte and reports have claimed that the club have already held discussions with Luis Enrique and Thomas Tuchel.
But according to The Sun, Pochettino is Chelsea’s top choice and Roman Abramovich has been impressed with the Argentine’s work at Spurs.
The report claims that Abramovich will enquire about Pochettino’s availability, although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will strive to keep the 46-year-old.
Conte, meanwhile, admitted for the first time ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham that he is unsure if he will remain as manager.
‘I don’t know. I must be honest, I don’t know,’ said the Italian.
‘This is not my problem. It’s a problem for the club, not me.’