Sources: Chelsea eye Julian Nagelsmann or Ruben Amorim as Mauricio Pochettino replacement

Chelsea remain interested in appointing Julian Nagelsmann or Ruben Amorim as their next manager, should they part ways with Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea have made contact with Julian Nagelsmann, almost a year after the German rejected their approach. The Blues saw him as the ideal replacement for their project after the sacking of Graham Potter, but the former Bayern Munich manager decided to take a break.

Sources have told The Sportzine that the 36-year-old is keen on returning to club football and is open to offers. The Blues are ready to jump ahead in the line once again and have been in touch with the agent since early March. 

Bayern Munich are also interested in getting Nagelsmann back to the Allianz Arena. They hope that the manager can forget about the mistake made by the previous board and rejoin them once Thomas Tuchel leaves in the summer.

However, unlike Chelsea, Nagelsmann is the second choice at Bayern Munich as they were confident of getting Xabi Alonso from Bayer Leverkusen despite interest from Liverpool. The Spaniard’s decision to remain with the current Bundesliga leader has changed their focus to the German national team coach.

Chelsea do have a backup plan in the form of Ruben Amorim, a manager they were interested in last year. They were keen on holding talks with the Portuguese manager, but Sporting CP’s demands saw them shift their focus. 

Just Nagelsmann, the Blues will face competition as Liverpool have agreed personal terms with the Portuguese manager. The Reds are looking to negotiate a fee with Sporting CP, as they are unwilling to pay the £12.8 million release clause. 

The Chelsea board remain split on Pochettino since January but are willing to wait until the end of the season because of the FA Cup and outside chances of making it to the top 6 in the Premier League. 

Roberto De Zerbi and Hansi Flick are currently not on the list of manager sees as potential replacements at Stamford Bridge.

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