The stories involving Chelsea in Thursday’s newspapers…
The Daily Telegraph suggest Luis Enrique is back in the frame for the Chelsea manager’s job after Maurizio Sarri held talks over staying at Napoli.
Ex-Barcelona boss Enrique was tipped to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea before reports the club had cooled their interest in him.
Sarri has since been touted as the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge but reports in Italy have suggested he could stay in Naples.
The Telegraph therefore say this has boosted Enrique’s hopes of getting the Chelsea job this summer and that “sources believe” either he or Sarri will be taking over from Conte.
Meanwhile, following reports that Chelsea are interested in Mauricio Pochettino, The Sun say he plans to stay at Tottenham next season.
And Robert Lewandowski secretly met with agent Pini Zahavi for dinner and is plotting a move from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea interested, again according to The Sun.
Report: Maurizio Sarri signs one-year contract extension with Napoli
Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their search for a new manager as Maurizio Sarri has reportedly agreed to stay on at Napoli for another year.
The 59-year-old has previously suggested that he will consider stepping down at the end of the season, opening the door for a move to the Premier League
Sarri, who has also been linked with the Arsenal job, fell just short of ending Juventus’s stronghold on Italian football this term as his Napoli side are now guaranteed to finish second to the champions.
According to Corriere dello Sport, however, the former Sorrento and Empoli chief will snub any interest from Chelsea by instead putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension at the Stadio San Paolo, running through until 2021 and rumoured to be worth £3.5m a year.
Chelsea have been tipped to sack current boss Antonio Conte in the next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.