Chelsea have reportedly identified Frank Lampard and Nuno Espirito Santo as top target this summer in order to replace under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri.
The West London club’s terrible’ form under Sarri has recently improved for a number of games, however, failure to beat either Everton or Wolverhampton Wanderers has departed from the team in sixth place in the English top-tier.
Italian manager now finds himself under pressure again and it is believed that Chelsea have already made a shortlist of managers who could arrive at the club.
The report claimed that Wolves head-coach Nuno has gained admirers behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, with Premier League club, Wolves having taken four points off the Blues this campaign.
The Blues legendary midfielder Lampard stays an obvious choice for the West Londoners and their fans, however, much could depend on whether the Englishman can gain promotion from Derby country to Championship.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will allegedly only consider a change before the end of the current campaigns if the Blues are eliminated from the Europa League 1/4 playoff round.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly planning to trigger the buy-back clause in the contract of Bournemouth versatile defender Nathan Ake after the end of the current campaign.
The Dutch defender has joined the Cherries from the Blues for £20m in June 2017 after his stunning form during an initial loan spell, and he has since established himself as a vital member of Eddie Howe’s side at Dean Court.
The Dutchman’s form has drawn the attention of some of the Premier League’s top teams, though, and De Telegraaf claimed that the Blues are now weighing up the possibility of bringing Dutchman back to Stamford Bridge.
Serie A giants AC Milan have reportedly upped their interest in securing services of Cagliari Calcio playmaker Nicolo Barella.
The Italy international fine form has attracted strong interest from the top teams from the Premier League during the January transfer window, with Chelsea and Arsenal both believed to be admirers of the player.
However, a deal has never materialised, and there have been suggestions that Italian playmaker may prefer to continue playing in Italian top-tier at this stage of his career and AC Milan seems to be an ideal place for him.
According to Sky Italia, the Rossoneri have made a deal with Serie A club Cagliari to discuss a contract for Barella ahead of the summer window.
The report suggested that AC Milan sporting director Leonardo and Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini have held transfer talks, although it is alleged that 22-year-old Barella could cost in the region of €50m (£43.16m).
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Chelsea also eyeing move for AC Milan winger Suso as both of the London club are determined to strengthen their offensive end ahead of the next season.
Spanish winger has yet to agree on a contract extension with only one year left on his current deal and hosts of top teams are keen on to lure one of the key players of AC Milan.
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has reportedly already agreed on a five-year deal with La Liga giants Real Madrid ahead of his proposed move to Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
The Belgium international forward has long been rumoured with a move to the Los Blancos and has made no secret of his desire to play for the Los Blancos at some stage of his career.
Spanish outlet Sport reported that Belgian forward has already come to terms on a five-year deal with Los Blancos which will see him to earn £14m per year.
However, Spanish giants must still reach an agreement with the West London club, who are even more reluctant to lose their vital player having been handed a two-window transfer ban recently by FIFA.
The West London club could be tempted into cashing in on Belgian superstar with his current deal expires in 2020, though, and he is believed to have given the Los Blancos the green light to begin talks over a potential move to Santiago Bernabeu.
Belgium international forward has fuelled speculation over a possible switch to Santiago Bernabeu exit by speaking of his admiration for French head-coach Zinedine Zidane earlier this week, and the Los Blancos head-coach has reportedly already been in contact with the striker.
Zidane is hopeful that the Hazard can spearhead the Los Blancos attack in a similar way to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has left the team in the summer.
Hazard has found back of the net 105 times in 339 games since joining the Blues back in 2012.