Chelsea lodge enquiry with Serie A giants for Jose Mourinho replacement

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Chelsea are continuing their search for a long-term successor for Jose Mourinho and have asked Inter about the availability of Roberto Mancini.

According to FCInterNews, as reported by Football Italia, Chelsea have considered the Italian tactician as a viable option for next summer and are willing to offer him a wage packet worth €8.5m per season.

While Guus Hiddink will remain in charge on an interim basis at Stamford Bridge until the end of the current campaign, the Premier League champions will begin the process of identifying a long-term solution to their problem after sacking Jose Mourinho last week.

It is claimed that they have offered Mancini a two-year deal as they look to bring him back for a second managerial spell in England after he guided Manchester City to the Premier League title before returning to Italy.

With Carlo Ancelotti being appointed Bayern Munich boss next summer, Pep Guardiola appears to be the only other realistic option on the shortlist at this time, and so Chelsea are considering their options and will continue to probe Inter over their coach.

The Nerazurri head into the winter break at the top of the Serie A table, as despite some inconsistency along the way, Mancini has made a solid start to the season.

However, speculation suggested that he was involved in a row with several players after Sunday’s loss to Lazio, and in turn that could spark a split in the coming months if the situation isn’t resolved.

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