Zidane Linked With Chelsea Job
Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will only take over as Chelsea manager this summer if he is given a transfer kitty of £200million to spend.
The Sun makes what is an outlandish claim about the Frenchman as doubts surface over Maurizio Sarri’s ability to enable the Blues to mount a realistic Premier League challenge.
According to the report, Zidane also wants the club to offer a huge new deal to Eden Hazard and he wants a major say in new signings alongside Blues director Marina Granovskaia.
But money isn’t the reason for Hazard’s desire to move on. Chelsea are already rumoured to have offered him a new deal worth £300,000 a week.
As for the size of the kitty, that could be partially realised if Chelsea get £100million for Hazard. In reality they are more likely to get closer to £50million for a player who has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are currently operating without a technical director since Michael Emenalo left for Monaco in November 2017. Ironically the Nigerian is now available having been sacked by the relegation-threatened Ligue 1 club.
Granovskaia tends to get involved in negotiations for new players but Chelsea managers and technical directors are often at the mercy of Roman Abramovich who has a big say in player recruitment. The Russian hasn’t been seen at Stamford Bridge for some months and is trying to sell the club for €3billion (£2.3billion). So far he has been unable to find anyone willing to meet that price tag.
Zidane has also been linked with the Manchester United job. He has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of May 2018 following their third successive Champions League triumph.