Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea boss is uncertain as the Italian continues to be linked with Juventus.
According reports, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich won’t block a move away from Stamford Bridge for Sarri with the Blues looking out for a replacement for the Italian.
Despite guiding Chelsea to a place in the top four as well as a Carabao Cup final and the Europa League final, Abramovich will let Sarri join Juventus if a compensation of £5 million is paid.
According to The Times, former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui wants to become the next Chelsea manager.
Lopetegui was sacked by Real Madrid last October following a torrid start to life as manager in the Spanish capital.
Lopetegui wants to get back into management as soon as possible and he has reportedly made himself available to Chelsea.
Lopetegui managed Porto from 2014 to 2016 before becoming Spain boss. He left the Spain national team job on the eve of the World Cup when he took the Real Madrid role.
He was sacked after just 14 matches, with a 5-1 El Clasico defeat proving to be the final straw in October.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard remains favourite for the job if Sarri leaves at the end of the season.