Chelsea close to sealing a move for Frenchman after latest developments

Chelsea are close to appointing Laurent Blanc as their manager this summer after talks over the last two days.

The Blues were heavily linked with Maurizio Sarri but they are not willing to pay the Napoli manager’s £7 million release fee.

Blanc is a free agent and the Londoners are looking to take advantage of his situation and seal the appointment on a bargain.

Chelsea will have to shell out £9 million to compensate Antonio Conte for the final year of his contract though.

As per the reports, Laurent Blanc wants the former Marseille and Lille coach Franck Passi as his assistant at Chelsea next season.

The Blues had a poor season by their standards last year and the fans will be expecting a big turnaround next season. It will be interesting to see how Blanc reshapes this Chelsea squad once the deal is finalised.

Chelsea will need to improve their attack and creativity in midfield if they want to challenge for the top four next season.

Also, it is high time for the Blues to consider replacing some of the old guard and bring in young and talented players so that they can progress as a club.

Man who thrashed Chelsea 3-0 now being considered for Blues job

after weeks of the same names being cycled round and round, there’s finally an original sliver in the mix for the Chelsea job.

Nizaar Kinsella’s piece at Goal.com really just reiterates what we already know about the situation – Sarri can’t come because Aurelio de Laurentiis wants money for him, Blanc and Jokanovic are other options – but there was a new name in there too.

He says that Eusebio diFrancesco, Roma boss, is on the list.

That’s a curveball. EDF was only appointed at Roma last season, and while he had a solid campaign – including battering Chelsea 3-0 and then turning round a memorable tie against Barcelona with a home win of the same scorline – he wasn’t so outstanding that anyone expected him to be linked with a job like Chelsea.

He got the role in Rome off the back of good work at Sassuolo, and while continuing his good work in the capital will certainly make him an option for top teams next summer, this summer may have come a little too soon for him.

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