Chelsea identified Watford boss as an ideal replacement for Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea have reportedly identified Watford head-coach Javi Gracia as a potential replacement for under-fire Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues are currently in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, failure to do so may lead Maurizio Sarri to leave the club after the end of the current campaign.

A number of candidates have allegedly already been on Roman Abramovic’s shortlist and according to the Daily Record, Watford Boss Gracia is the latest name to enter the thoughts of the West London hierarchy.

The Hornets have been transformed from relegation candidates to challengers for the Europa League football, while the Hornets have also reached the final of this campaign in FA Cup.

The Spaniard still has over four years left on his current deal at Vicarage Road. However, that may not prevent the Blues from showing an interest during the summer transfer window.

Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League table 1 point behind from the third place Tottenham Hotspur, however, the Spurs have a game in hand.

If the Blues fail to finish the season on top four in the English top-tier Maurizio Sarri would still have chance to secure Champions League football by winning the Europe League trophy.

The Blues will face Slavia Prague in the Europe League second clash after a 0-1 win away in the Czech club.