Italian managers Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri have made known their interest in taking over at Chelsea in the summer, reports suggest.
According to the Sunday Times, Allegri is willing to leave Juventus with a year remaining on his contract, while Conte is due to step down from his role as Italy boss after Euro 2016.
Guus Hiddink is currently in charge of the Blues after being appointed interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but despite proving extremely popular with the players, the Dutchman has called on Chelsea to turn to a younger manager.
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo, meanwhile, remains a fan of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season to be replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Blues chiefs are also monitoring former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, though Diego Simeone is expected to stay put at Atletico Madrid.