CHELSEA are ready to turn to Zinedine Zidane to make them a European superpower again.
Current manager Maurizio Sarri is running out of backers after the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City as the Blues dropped to sixth in the Premier League.
There is growing support amongst the top brass for Zidane and talks have advanced this week over when they should make their move.
Zidane’s incredible Champions League credentials, winning it three times in three years as manager of Real Madrid, are a huge draw for the Blues board.
The 46-year-old is currently not in management and is understood to be very keen on a job in the Premier League.
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard —who claims he has made his mind up about a move in the summer to Real Madrid — idolises Zidane.
A move for the legendary French player, who won the World Cup with Les Bleus, would be encouragement for Hazard to sign a new deal.
Chelsea could face a battle for Zidane’s services with Manchester United still in the hunt for a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in pole position, after the interim boss led the Red Devils to an 11-game unbeaten run that ended with the club’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in the Champions League.
But the club’s board were initially leaning towards Zidane, with a view to him taking charge next summer.