Sunday 15 December 2019

Chelsea close in on Jose Mourinho replacement after 'contacting' agent

Simon Rice

Chelsea have contacted the agent of Diego Simeone to inform the Atletico Madrid manager he remains prominently among their favoured contenders to become the club's new permanent manager this summer, according to reports.

It's also claimed that the Argentinian is learning English in the event he does move to the Premier League.

The Blues are seeking a new permanent manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho late last year. Simeone was immediately installed as among the front-runners, with the club also thought to be particularly interested in Italy manager Antonio Conte.

According to the Mirror, Chelsea officials reached out to Simeone's sister Natalia - who acts as his agent. It's claimed that the club were keen to ensure Simeone is aware how highly they rate him.

Simeone has a contract with Atletico Madrid that runs for another four seasons after the current campaign, however it's reported that the 45-year-old has a release clause of around £3.1m that would enable Chelsea to prise him away.

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