Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has reportedly agreed a deal to become Chelsea manager for the start of next season, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentine boss who has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s brightest coaches since arriving at the Vicente Calderon in 2011 will according to the report earn about £9.28m annually.
Simeone broke Real Madrid and Barcelona’s grip on La Liga when he guided Atletico to the title in 2014 and the Spanish giants were runners-up in the Champions League final in the same year.
Chelsea are determined to have a permanent manager in place shortly after the season ends and Spanish outlet OK Diario claim Simeone has told Atletico that he is leaving after agreeing a £9.28milllion-a-year deal to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Simeone was capped over 100 times for the Argentina national football team and represented the country at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. In his club career that started in 1987, Simeone played for Vélez Sarsfield, Pisa, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Internazionale, Lazio and Racing.
Throughout his playing career, Simeone was known to be a tenacious and complete two-way midfielder, who was capable both of winning balls and starting attacking plays, also scoring goals himself.
He was primarily known for his leadership, technique, tactical versatility, intelligence, strength, stamina and work-rate, although he was also praised by pundits for his vision and passing range.