Chelsea are keen to draft in ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as Jose Mourinho’s replacement, and have been in talks with the Italian for at least two months, according to reports from Corriere della Sera.
The Blues have endured a woeful start to the current season, with Saturday’s home loss at the hands of Liverpool having left the defending Premier League champions just four points clear of the relegation zone with a meagre 11 points from 11 games – 14 fewer than joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
With results having been poor, key players having failed to perform and off-field issues at the club, Mourinho has been under pressure for some time, and reports claim that Mancini is in the Londoners’ thoughts.
It’s alleged (below) that Chelsea officials initiated talks with the Inter Milan boss around two months ago, even though he only took over at the San Siro midway through last season.
Mancini’s side are currently top of Serie A which, when allied with his work at City in the past, is likely to make him an appealing option for the Stamford Bridge side.
However, reports claim that a move before the end of the 2015/16 campaign is unlikely, which could force Chelsea to stick with Mourinho or appoint a stand-in.