Chelsea want to bring in Zinedine Zidane as manager to replace under-pressure Maurizio Sarri, according to reports.
The club are said to be ready to ditch their Italian boss after just eight months in charge, with a mid-season slump seeing the Blues slip to sixth in the Premier League table.
Sarri has also lost the backing of the dressing room after a number of outbursts at the team, with players reportedly being left â€˜baffledâ€™ by the bossâ€™ team selection.
According to the Sun, there is growing support in the Chelsea hierarchy for ex-Real Madrid head coach Zidane to come to Stamford Bridge to help turn the Blues back into a European superpower.
The report claims talks between the top brass have advanced this week over when they should make their move, withÂ Sundayâ€™s humiliating 6-0 thrashing at Manchester CityÂ signalling the beginning of the end for Sarriâ€™s short reign.
Zidaneâ€™s quite incredible Champions League record, taking Real to a record-breaking three consecutive European titles, is a massive draw for the Chelsea board.
The 46-year-old is still yet to take a job since leaving the Bernabeu in May.
Zidane is apparently very keen to take charge of a Premier League club and has been heavily linked with replacing Jose Mourinho as permanent manager of Manchester United.
But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now leading the running for that role, Chelsea believes they have an opportunity to snap up World Cup winner Zidane.
His appointment would be brilliant news for the clubâ€™s quest to keep hold of star man Eden Hazard. The Belgian flyer has idolised Zidane since he was a boy and his arrival could convince Hazard to stay and sign a new deal, amid links with a mega-money move to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile,Â reports in SpainÂ claim Chelsea players are confused by Sarriâ€™s team selection this season and want Nâ€™Golo Kante to be moved back to his natural holding midfield position.
The World Cup winner is regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, defensive midfielder on the planet, but has been moved to a more advanced position this term to make room for summer signing Jorginho. The Frenchmanâ€™s presence in front of the back-four has been sorely missed.
Blues stars are also keen for youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to be given more game time, fearing the club could lose its brightest young star to Bayern Munich.
Sarri was unbeaten in his first 12 games in charge at Stamford Bridge, having succeeded sacked Antonio Conte last summer, but his strong start has unravelled in recent weeks.
He has taken Chelsea to a Carabao Cup final against Man City later this month, but the Blues hierarchy are more interested in Champions League qualification, which has taken a nosedive following back-to-back heavy away defeats to Bournemouth and City.