Chelsea have been looking for a new permanent manager ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked back in December.
Guus Hiddink has performed admirably since taking over on an interim basis, with the loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League his only defeat, but he doesn’t want the job long term.
The Blues are believed to be trying to tempt any of Max Allegri, Antonio Conte or Diego Simeone to Stamford Bridge, but nothing concrete has emerged as of yet.
According to The Independent, the latest plan is for Allegri to join the Londoners, while Manuel Pellegrini replaces him at Juventus.
However, The Daily Mail is reporting that the Italian manager will turn down any approach and wants to stay in Turin.
This may come as a blow to Chelsea, but they have the perfect answer to their managerial vacancy right under their noses.
Pellegrini is stepping down from Manchester City at the end of the season in order to make room for Pep Guardiola, but is still a quality manager.
The Chilean is a Premier League winner, something none of the other candidates can claim, and this kind of experience would be vital for the champions as they look to get back to the very top of English football after a poor season.
Critics will argue that Pellegrini’s Citizens have wilted in the current title race at the worst possible time and he made the poor decision of resting players when City lost 5-1 to the Blues in the FA Cup.
However, both these failings are understandable and can be explained away.
The Etihad outfit only really started to capitulate in the top flight after their manager’s departure had been announced, losing two of their three league games, and this clearly had an effect on the players.
Similarly, Pellegrini needed to rotate his squad for the FA Cup tie due to fixture congestion and Chelsea shouldn’t view these as knocks on the credentials on the most suitable man to fill their hot seat.