Chelsea fans here in the Tavern are still trying to find possible replacements for Antonio Conte, as the Blues no longer find themselves in the top-four.
The Pensioners offered very little in the defence of their Premier League title this season, as they now look on course for missing out on Champions League football for the next campaign. Indeed, something that’s been put entirely down to the decision-making of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, with many of our local residents believing that this is the Italian’s last season in charge of the club. And, the Blues have received positive news in finding a replacement for the 48-year-old, as according to reports in the Telegraph, Luis Enrique is keen on the prospect of joining Chelsea.
But, it’s understood that Enrique’s hopes of taking over at the London club could rest on whether he is prepared to accept a significantly lower wage than the one he received at Barcelona. Indeed, something that could prove to be a problem for the Blues, as the Spaniard was believed to have earned in the region of £16.5 million-a-year by the time he left his role in Cataluna, far in excess of the £9.5m-a-year wages that Chelsea rewarded Conte with after last season.
But, there are other managerial options for the Blues, with former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri also interested in taking over at Stamford Bridge. Although, Enrique’s interest in joining the Blues will be something that the club will look to make full use of, with the opportunity to welcome one of the world’s best managers to the English capital.
The Blues will be hoping that Enrique’s hopes of managing in the Premier League will force him into accepting a lower wage, as it’s unlikely that the board will want to pay him more than Conte is currently on. Although, if the Spaniard does prove to be stubborn in his contract talks with the club, then Chelsea may have to weigh up their options from elsewhere.
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