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Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is the front runner to replace Antonio Conte at the end of this season, The Daily Mail reports.
Enrique who departed from the Spanish side in the summer would be available to acquire with little hassle.
As per the Daily Mail, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich isn’t ready to lure a manager already working with a current club.
This was similar to how the Blues hired current head coach Conte. The Italian already had plans on leaving duties with his national team at the end of Euro 2016.
Chelsea tenure close to coming to an end for Conte
Conte is seemingly on his way out of Stamford Bridge after falling out with the club’s board.
The 49-year-old has criticised the hierarchy over his lack of input in the transfer strategy in recent times.
The Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal has also weakened his chances of winning silverware in his second season with the club.
A Champions League spot with no trophies may not be enough for Conte to keep his job at Chelsea.
Enrique was a fantastic manager for Barcelona in the three years he was there, winning nine major honours.