The Blues are looking to replace manager Antonio Conte with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino in the summer.
Chelsea has had a horrendous defense to their Premier League title this year and finished outside the top 4 for the second time in three seasons. This means that the West London club will be ineligible for the Champions League next season and was also knocked out of the competition against Barcelona this term. However, a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at Saint James’ Park on the final day of the Premier League added salt to the wounds for Chelsea and built up furthermore pressure on manager Antonio Conte.
The 48-year-old Italian is reported to be a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge and is likely to face the sack even if Chelsea beat fierce rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The former Premier League champions have already drawn out plenty of candidates to replace Conte at Chelsea including the likes of ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri. But Chelsea is now surprisingly eyeing a move for local rivals Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino has done admirably well for Spurs ensuring that the North London outfit qualify for the Champions League in the past three seasons. The Argentine has not had a massive transfer budget like other top clubs in the Premier League but has also not yet won a trophy to show for his massive efforts at Tottenham.
According to Sky Sports, Pochettino will be the ideal candidate to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge as the 46-year-old is in the process of extending his current three-year deal with Spurs. However, club Chairman Daniel Levy is not accepting to increase Pochettino’s wages which could force the Spurs manager to leave the club in the summer.
Pochettino does seem like the ideal candidate for the job at Chelsea as Conte’s successor but I highly doubt that Spurs will allow him to leave so easily. It’s quite understandable that Levy will not let any other club take over his prized manager after so much of hard work.