Chelsea Closing In On Luis Enrique

PSG Abandon Pursuit Of Former Barcelona Boss

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Chelsea are set to appoint Luis Enrique as their manager at the end of the season. The news comes in a report that Paris Saint-Germain have given up on their pursuit of the former Barcelona coach as he is close to agreeing a deal with Premier League club.

Both Chelsea and PSG look set to part company with their respective managers this summer. Current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s relationship with the Blues’ hierarchy – particularly owner Roman Abramovich – has taken a nose-dive since Chelsea won the Premier League in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge. The club lie in fifth place in the Premier League, are out of the Champions League and run the risk of failing to qualify for next season’s competition. The Italian FA are keeping open Conte’s old job as coach of the national team open and he is expected to leave west London after the final match of the domestic season.

PSG boss Unai Emery is also expected to walk. The Ligue 1 side are expected to regain their domestic title having lost out to Monaco last season and are expected to win the two national cup competitions, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France. But the side’s failure in the Champions League – they were eliminated at the Round of 16 stage for the second season running – means Emery is unlikely to have his contract renewed when it runs out in the summer.

French newspaper Le Parisien claims PSG have approached Enrique. But the Spaniard is set to succeed Conte at Chelsea.

As far as PSG’s new coach is concerned, matters are more complex. Conte is a candidate but he is heading back to Italy. Former coach Carlo Ancelotti is also being linked with the job, but although there has been a thaw in relations between the Italian and the PSG hierarchy there have been no concrete talks.

Other candidates include Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, a former PSG player; Roberto Mancini, Jurgen Klopp and Massimiliano Allegri. All will be difficult to prise away from their present clubs.