Chelsea are reportedly ‘considering £15m Diego Simeone’ if under-pressure Jose Mourinho is sacked having picked up just eight points from his first eight matches in the league this season.
Chelsea in a statement last week said Mourinho was safe for now but admitted that results must improve if he is to remain at Stamford Bridge which means the manager may still be shown the exit door before January should he fail to turn around the fortunes of the team on the pitch.
Mourinho is under huge pressure and according to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho who is aware that Chelsea are putting a contingency plan in action if he fails to turn things around at Stamford Bridge is the favorite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after a nightmare start.
Simeone is reportedly the top target, but having signed a new contract in March, will cost Chelsea a £15million buy-out to take him away from the Vicente Calderon at the end of the season.
The former Argentina international has been brilliant in just under four years at Atletico, winning the Europa League, Copa del Rey and, of course, beating Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to win Atletico’s first La Liga title in 18 years as well as taking them to the Champions League final in 2014.
Chelsea players have lined up in the past couple of weeks to defend Mourinho, with Cesc Fabregas, Ramires and Eden Hazard among the players who have admitted that they are as much to blame as the manager, because of poor individual performances.
The Blues return to Premier League action with a game against struggling Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday