Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as a replacement for Jose Mourinho should the West London side’s fortunes not improve in the coming months according to CalcioMercato.
56-year-old Italian previously took charge at Stamford Bridge between June 2009 and May 2011 and helped Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double in the first of his two seasons in charge.
Ancelotti then took charge of PSG for 18 months before he took over at Real Madrid, who he guided to a Champions League triumph in 2014.
Mourinho finds himself under a great deal of pressure despite having secured a Premier League title a little more than four months ago.
Chelsea have suffered four defeats in their opening eight Premier League fixtures and are already 10 points off table topping Man City.
Ancelotti is also heavily backed to fill the vacant managerial post at Liverpool following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.