Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be ready to take the job at Chelsea following Thomas Tuchel’s sacking.
After 20 months in charge, Tuchel was sacked by the Blues on Wednesday morning after they lost to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group-opener on Tuesday night.
Chelsea intend to speak to Graham Potter about replacing the Germany manager with Brighton and have given the Blues permission to hold talks with the 47-year-old.
Potter’s release clause is said to be worth around £16million, with Brighton not planning to stand in the way of talks about a move to west London.
However, Pochettino is also on Chelsea’s radar and according to The Athletic and would be ‘open to the possibility’ of filling the vacant role.
The Argentine previously replaced Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 and has been unemployed since his sacking in the French capital late last season.
Pochettino was in charge of Chelsea’s bitter rivals Tottenham for six years and led the club through their most successful spell in the Premier League despite failing to end the trophy drought, reaching the Champions League final in 2019.
Since being sacked by Spurs later that year, Pochettino has been closely associated with Manchester United on a number of occasions and was interviewed for the role earlier this year.
However, Erik ten Hag was appointed before him.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes a move for Pochettino would make the most sense for Chelsea as the 50-year-old would be available immediately.
“You look at the job that Graham Potter is doing right now, you think Pochettino is unemployed and might get into the club easier,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.
“If you were to ask me if I was a Chelsea supporter that I would love to run my club, I would choose Pochettino.”
Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is also under consideration. However, the legendary midfielder has previously resisted interest from England as he prefers to take over as France manager after this winter’s World Cup.
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