Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is top of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s list to replace manager Antonio Conte if he sacks the Italian.
Spaniard Enrique will make Barcelona’s 31-year-old Uruguay forward Luis Suarez his first signing if he is appointed Blues manager.
However, Enrique is not interested in cutting short his year-long break from football and would only take the job at the end of the season.
Chelsea boss Conte is paying for the mistakes ex-technical director Michael Emenalo made in the summer transfer window, says the former player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins.
Conte has 18 months left on his contract and will not quit the club.
Abramovich will not allow player power at Chelsea to decide whether or not Conte remains at Stamford Bridge.