Chelsea add Copa America winner as potential candidate for long term job

Chelsea have added Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli to their list of potential long term successors to the axed Jose Mourinho, report the Daily Mail.

The Blues booted Mourinho out last week after a torrid season so far, despite winning the Premier League at a canter only seven months ago.

Guus Hiddink has arrived for his second spell in charge on a short-term basis, though the Dutchman is only expected to be there until the end of the season.

Following that, owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly casting an eye over potential candidates to replace the ‘Special One’ going forward.

While Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone remain under serious consideration, the Russian tycoon is also thought to be eager to run the rule over Sampaoli.

The Argentine steered Chile to their first Copa America title this summer and has a growing reputation for the fluid, attacking style of football deployed in his teams.

The 55-year old has also been linked with the vacant post at Swansea, though his predecessor in the Chilean job – Marcelo Bielsa – is thought to nearing a deal in Wales.