Roman Abramovich is lining up Dutch legend Marco van Basten as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, according to The Sun.
Ancelotti is under further pressure now the season looks to represent an empty trophy cabinet at Stamford Bridge and Abramovich is looking for a fresh approach, something the young Dutch manager could bring.
Van Basten was manager of his national side until 2008 but has been out of work since he left Ajax the following year, so is now looking for a new challenge.
However, van Basten – who was being lined up as technical director at Sporting Lisbon until it fell through – is behind Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho in the bookies favourite list.
De Gea bid made.
Chelsea and Man Utd will go head-to-head for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea this summer, reports the Daily Star.
His club claim they have received bids from both sides and De Gea himself is understood to favour a move to the Premier League.
The under-21 international has a £22.3m buy out clause in his contract and the Atletico management are preparing for his exit.
General manager, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, explained: “We’ve received offers from United and Chelsea. He also has an offer from us to renew his contract, if he wants to leave we’ll refer to his buy-out clause.”
Lippi wants Blues role.
Marcelo Lippi admits he is fascinated with English football and also says he is attracted to the thought of managing Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.
The Italian, who had two very different World Cups with the Azzurri – winning it in 2006 followed by the poor 2010 campaign – is currently unemployed, but has one eye on the Premier League.
The 63-year-old said: “I would love to coach in the Premier League, English football fascinates me, I miss coaching, this is normal. My years have been intense and rewarding.” He continued.
“Me to Chelsea? It would be beautiful. But also to coach a national team would not be bad.”