Chelsea eye international manager, he wants Arsenal talisman as major signing

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli as Guus Hiddink’s eventual successor, and the Argentine will push for a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez if he takes the job, according to reports from Don Balon.

The Blues are currently on the lookout for a new long-term coach, with their current Dutch dugout master only at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season after taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho last month.

A host of big names have been linked with the role, but reports claim that Sampaoli is being eyed by Abramovich following his impressive spell in charge if Chile.

The 55-year-old has helped the South American nation to establish themselves as a global force due to their high intensity football, which was capped by their Copa America win last summer.

However, the tactician wants the club to lure Sanchez across the English capital from Arsenal.

It’s understood that Sampaoli is keen to have an ally in his ranks and the skilful attacker is known to be a favourite of his following their time together in the Chile set-up.

A deal would appear unlikely given the frosty relationship between the clubs and the fact that Chelsea may not be in the Champions League next term following a disastrous start to the current season.