Shock name emerges as serious candidate for Chelsea position

Former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is emerging as a serious candidate for the Chelsea position at the end of the season, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 44-year old Argentine is highly regarded for leading Chile to their first Copa America in 99 years last summer, as well as their impressive style of play in the 2014 World Cup.

His energetic, high pressing style is reportedly of attraction to Blues owner Roman Abramovich in his quest to secure a long-term boss.

Current interim manager Guus Hiddink is due to depart at the end of the season, leading to a number of top European based names to be touted as potential successors.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone was regarded as an early favourite, while Italy boss Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri have also been linked.

There are believed to be reservations of Simeone’s style of play, while Serie A leaders Juve are said to be planning on offering their coach a contract extension.