MX23RW : Tuesday, June 18 07:30:18| >> :120:19326:19326:

Chelsea 'to make official Enzo Maresca approach amid release clause issue'

Chelsea 'to make official Maresca approach amid release clause issue'
© Reuters
Chelsea are reportedly preparing to open talks with Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca as a potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

Chelsea are reportedly preparing to open talks with Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca as a potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

The Blues recently decided to part ways with the 52-year-old Argentine despite a strong end to the season that saw the side secure sixth place in the Premier League and European football next term.

The club's American owners are now seeking their third permanent managerial appointment since taking over the West London side.

Chelsea's hierarchy are believed to have compiled a comprehensive list of potential candidates for the role and are aiming to make a final decision by the end of next week.

Ex-Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino on May 11, 2024© Reuters

Chelsea to open talks with Maresca over summer move

According to The Guardian, while several options remain on the table, Chelsea will ask Leicester City for permission to open talks with Maresca in the next few days.

The report adds that Maresca, who has an £8.5m release clause in his contract with the Foxes, is interested in joining the Blues and has a strong chance of landing the role.

It is understood that Maresca could be offered a longer contract than the two-year deal with an option to extend that Pochettino had, with Chelsea looking to secure a stable managerial future.

The 44-year-old Italian manager moved to Leicester from Manchester City's coaching staff and had previously managed Parma. He also spent time as a part of the coaching staff at West Ham United.

 Brentford manager Thomas Frank applauds fans after the match on April 3, 2024© Reuters

Maresca among three names on Chelsea shortlist

Chelsea's shortlist is believed to include Brentford boss Thomas Frank and Ipswich Town's Kieran McKenna, with the latter understood to be seen as the leading candidate of the two.

McKenna guided Ipswich to promotion to the Premier League after 22 years and has also been linked with potential moves to Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United.

Frank, on the other hand, has previously been overlooked for major roles, but he has achieved remarkable success at Brentford since taking over from Dean Smith in the Championship six years ago.

However, the Dane's release clause, which was originally set at £3m, is expected to have risen significantly since he signed a new contract in 2022.

ID:544526:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect5180:

Next Chelsea manager - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Enzo Maresca

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna on April 30, 2024
Read Next:
Chelsea 'handed major boost in Kieran McKenna pursuit'
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
rhs 2.0
Euro 2024 fixtures header
Tuesday, June 18
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Group Stage
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
Sunday, June 23
Monday, June 24
Tuesday, June 25
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 29
Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1
Tuesday, July 2
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Sunday, July 14
Tables header RHS

Group A

1 Germany Germany11003
2 Switzerland Switzerland11003
3 Hungary Hungary10010
4 Scotland flag Scotland10010

Group B

1 Spain Spain11003
2 Italy Italy11003
3 Albania national flag Albania10010
4 Croatia Croatia10010

Group C

1 England flag England11003
2 Denmark Denmark10101
3 Slovenia Slovenia10101
4 Serbia Serbia10010

Group D

1 Netherlands Netherlands11003
2 France France11003
3 Poland Poland10010
4 Austria Austria10010

Group E

1 Romania Romania11003
2 Slovakia Slovakia11003
3 Belgium Belgium10010
4 Ukraine Ukraine10010

Group F

1 Czech Republic Czech Republic00000
2 Georgia Georgia00000
3 Portugal Portugal00000
4 Turkey Turkey00000

Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!