Chelsea target keen on replacing Jose Mourinho but eyes dramatic overhaul

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is reportedly open to the idea of taking over at Chelsea following on from Jose Mourinho’s sacking this week.

The Argentinian tactician is one of the top candidates on the Premier League side’s shortlist as they will consider their options at the end of the season with regards to appointing a long-term manager.

According to The Mirror, Simeone is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge but is understood to have significant concerns about the state of the current squad which he would want addressing.

The 45-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success in the Spanish capital as Atleti have emerged as a consistent and genuine threat to the dominance enjoyed by Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years, and in turn that has ensured that many of the top clubs around Europe would be keen on acquiring his services.

However, Chelsea are also understood to be considering the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola, with the latter expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether or not Simeone gets the job and gets his wish in terms of making big changes to the current squad in order to get them competing at the top of the Premier League table again.

The current Chelsea squad has faced significant criticism this year as they have been a big part of the problem that the club has experienced as they continue to languish in 16th place in the league standings.

While the Blues are just a point above the relegation zone having lost nine of their 16 games so far this season, they are 14 points adrift of Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final spot for Champions League qualification.

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