Chelsea FC closing in on appointing 52-year-old as new boss – report

Chelsea FC are closing in on appointing Laurent Blanc as the club's new manager, say reports

Antonio Conte
Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC are closing in on the appointment of Laurent Blanc as the club’s new manager, according to reports in the British media.

The Daily Express is reporting that the Blues have their sights firmly set on the 52-year-old to become their next boss as the speculation about Antonio Conte’s situation continues.

According to the same story, talks between Blanc and Chelsea FC have progressed in recent days, and that the Frenchman is preparing to bring is planning to bring former Marseille and Lille coach Franck Passi to Stamford Bridge as his number two if he is appointed.

The same report says that Chelsea FC turned to Blanc after refusing to pay the £7m release clause for Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.

The article also reports that Chelsea FC are still yet to settle on terms with Conte, who they will have to pay as much as £9m to settle the final year of his contract at the west London club.

Conte looks set to leave Stamford Bridge despite having steered the Blues to the FA Cup title in his second campaign in charge.

Chelsea FC ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table as they missed out on qualification for the Champions League next season.

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