Chelsea have expanded their coaching wishlist, adding Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for interim coach Guus Hiddink at the end of the season, according to The Daily Mail.
Pochettino has assembled the youngest team in the Premier League and taken them to fourth place in the table, just five points behind leaders Leicester City, looking to hand the Spurs their first league title since 1961.
The Blues are struggling, currently ranked just 13th and all but out of the race to defend their Premier League crown, and just hoping to gain a ticket to play in Europe next season.
Pep Guardiola remains the dream candidate for Blues owner Roman Abramovich, but it is widely believed the Spaniard is likely to become Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at Manchester City.
Therefore, Abramovic needs to have alternatives, with Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri reportedly being high on his wishlist, while now adding Pochettino.
However, just as he refused to entertain interest in star players Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris last summer, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will make it hard on any club who expresses an interest in his manager.
Pochettino still has three-and-a-half years left on his contract at White Heart Lane. Levy also believes Tottenham’s new stadium will give them a greater pulling power to attract and keep their highest valued assets.