Chelsea reportedly line up replacement for Antonio Conte

Chelsea stars set to return against Arsenal as Conte prioritises Carabao Cup

Corriere dello Sport claims that their manager, Diego Simeone, is under consideration to replace Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at the conclusion of this season.

Chelsea reportedly have no ambitions to sack Conte regardless of where they finish this season, but a number of issues have arisen in recent months that could see the club and Conte mutually agree to end their relationship.

As a result, the Blues have started searching for a new manager, and Simeone is their No. 1 target.

Simeone has enjoyed vast success with Atleti since he took over the Madrid-based outfit in December 2011.

The former Argentina midfielder has turned Atleti into a European force and maintained the club's competitiveness despite a relatively tight budget compared with those of Barca and Real.

The Spanish arm of European publication Tutto Mercato Web sensationally allege that the Italian will quit the Blues in the summer, with the Chelsea board already lining up former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as his replacement.

The west London side are aiming to try and defend their Premier League title this season after their impressive triumph last term.

Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot to level at the game at 1-1, before Hector Bellerin equalised in stoppage time after Marcos Alonso had given Chelsea a late lead.

The draw leaves the Blues third in the Premier League standings ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Ross Barkley is in line to be Chelsea's first January signing.



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