Chelsea have held talks with Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim amid their search for a permanent successor to former boss Graham Potter.
According to the Daily Mail, Amorim is one of the managers touted for the vacant job, with the club keen to conduct an ‘exhaustive’ search for a new long-term head coach.
The 38-year-old has been touted as one of the best managers in Portugal, having enjoyed a trophy-laden spell since joining Sporting in the 2019/20 campaign.
After guiding Braga to the Portuguese league cup success in a brief spell, Amorim has won the Primeira Liga title, the Portuguese Super Cup and two League Cups with Sporting.
Chelsea hold a long-term interest in the former Casa Pia boss and were interested in him before appointing Potter earlier in the season.
While he remains on the club’s lengthy managerial shortlist, it is understood that Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique, who have also been interviewed are considered front-runners for the job.
Nagelsmann is available after being relieved of his duties at Bayern Munich and replaced by former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
The former RB Leipzig manager remains on Bayern’s payroll, and Chelsea will need to negotiate a fee with the German champions to buy him out of his contract.
However, they are reportedly wary of Nagelsmann’s age, leading some people to believe Enrique, who has declared his intention to ply his trade in the Premier League, is the likely candidate to succeed Potter.
Former Everton boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will sit in the Blues dugout until the end of the season while the club continues their search.
However, the Englishman has not had the best start to life at Stamford Bridge, losing his first two games in charge against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Real Madrid.
Chelsea have failed to win any of their last five games while also failing to score in the last four in a row. They will hope to return to winning ways when Brighton & Hove Albion visit on Saturday.