Chelsea approach Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone to take over from Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea are believed to have sounded out Atletico Madrid over the possibility of Diego Simeone taking over from Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express.

The Argentine tactician is still under contract in the Spanish capital until 2020, but The Express claims that The Blues are already planning on life without Mourinho and have placed Simeone near the top of their list of possible replacements.

However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic could face some serious competition from the Argentine national team, who are said to be keen on bringing him back home in order to replace Gerardo Martino (via Express).

Simeone does have breakout clauses inserted in his deal with Atleti, though, which would allow him to leave during the summer (via Express).

Simeone has enjoyed a highly successful spell at the Vicente Calderson that has seen him collect the La Liga title in 2014, the Europa League and Super Cup in 2012 and the Copa Del Rey in 2013.

The Express round off their report by claiming that following his own difficult start to the campaign, Simeone would be open to a new challenge elsewhere.

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