Chelsea contact Enrique as Conte sack edges closer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s position at the club has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, and reports today suggest that the Stamford Bridge outfit have already approached former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique about taking over from the Italian coach.

Despite winning the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup final during his first season in English football, Conte has fallen out with his club’s board over their transfer policy during the last two windows.

The Blues have lost their last two games 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford, and have only won once so far in the league in 2018.

According to reports in the Daily Express  Conte is expected to still be in charge at Stamford Bridge for the club’s next fixture against West Brom, although his relationship with the club’s hierarchy has become so strained that they are now actively looking for a replacement.

The former Juventus coach however, remains adamant he will not quit his post, which means he will be in line for a whopping £9 million severance package if he is sacked.

Former Barca boss Enrique is currently on a sabbatical after his contract at the Nou Camp expired at the end of last season, and it is rumoured that he will be offered a two-and-a-half year deal to take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge.