Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is in London to hold talks with Chelsea over their managerial vacancy.
The 52-year-old, who is out of work after leaving the Spain job following the World Cup, won the treble at Barcelona in 2014/15, lifting LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
Chelsea are set to assess up to seven candidates, including Luis Enrique, as they undergo what they insist will be an “exhaustive process” to replace Graham Potter, who was sacked on Sunday after just seven months in charge.
Chelsea have not set a deadline and may wait until the summer to make a permanent appointment. They could instead appoint a caretaker manager and one option would be former manager Frank Lampard, who was in co-owners’ Behdad Eghbali box for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Ruben Amorim, Oliver Glasner and Luciano Spalletti are also among those under discussion internally at Chelsea. However, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi is not believed to be on the list.
Sky in Germany are reporting that talks between the former Bayern Munich head coach’s representatives and Chelsea are ongoing and positive.
The 35-year-old wants to manage in the Premier League and sees it as his natural next destination but will not be rushing into a decision over his future amid strong interest from Chelsea and Tottenham.
The German wants a short period to reset after being sacked by Bayern last month and his preference is to oversee a full pre-season when taking on a new job.
However, his agency, Sports360, will be listening to proposals and have already fielded sounding-out calls from Chelsea and Spurs.
More formal contact is set to be made, and an agreement being reached in the coming weeks that only becomes effective next season has not been ruled out.
No potential suitors have yet made contact with Bayern over compensation, something only expected to happen when Nagelsmann has settled on his new employers.