Chelsea lining up Luis Enrique to replace Conte should he leave

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are putting into place contingency plans this summer should Antonio Conte leave the club.

What’s the story?

After shocking Chelsea by telling Diego Costa that he is no longer wanted at the club and amidst rumours transfer dealings at the club are moving slower than he wanted this summer, Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge is less certain than you’d expect for a manager that has just delivered the English Premier League title.

In order to ensure they are not caught short this summer should Conte leave the club, Chelsea are already putting in place contingency plans by targeting former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It’s a dramatic sign that there is certainly the potential of a breakdown in relationship between the Italian manager and the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.

Enrique of course has winning pedigree as a manager, guiding Barcelona to nine major honours including the UEFA Champions League.

However, Conte is popular with supporters and if this project all falls apart, it’s unlikely to cause much happiness for fans.