Chelsea have been reported to be in talks with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone for the past month after the Argentine emerged as Jose Mourinho’s successor on a long term basis.
While former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has agreed to be in charge at Stamford Bridge on interim basis for the second time, the Daily Express says Blues owner Roman Abramovich is planning for the long term future and Simeone who has enjoyed four impressed years at Atletico winning La Liga, the Europa League and reaching the final of the Champions League in on the Russian billionaire’s wish list.
Abramovich knows that any move for much wanted man, Pep Guardiola, is doomed to failure with Manchester City well down the path to appointing the Bayern Munich boss in the summer.
The Russian oligarch has already suffered one failure in his attempt to bring Guardiola to West London when it became known the Spaniard was leaving Barcelona.
An emotional character on the touchline, Chelsea believe that Simeone will immediately engage with the Stamford Bridge fans, many of whom are angry with Mourinho’s sacking.
Simeone who doesn’t speak English is understood to be excited at the prospect of managing in the Premier League having already made the decision to listen to offers at the end of the season, believing his time with Atletico is up.