Chelsea have added Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick to their list of potential replacements for Maurizio Sarri this summer.
Sarri has agreed a deal to join Juventus after just one season in the Premier League, although the Italian giants are yet to meet Chelsea’s compensation demands.
That hasn’t stopped Chelsea ramping up their hunt for a new manager, however, with Rangnick now being considered according to German newspaper Bild.
The 60-year-old, who has attracted interest from England and Everton in the past, is leaving his role as RB Leipzig’s manager this summer.
Rangnick has agreed to become head of sports development for Red Bull. He is expected to work closely with Brazilian club Bragantino and New York Red Bulls.
However, he could be tempted by a move to the Premier League and is willing to consider coaching positions.
Chelsea have already held initial talks with club legend Frank Lampard over an emotional return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Officials have also considered outgoing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
Rangnick led RB Leipzig to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga last season, while they also lost the German Cup final 3-0 to Bayern Munich.
He has previously managed clubs including Schalke and Hoffenheim, and worked as Leipzig’s sporting director in between two separate spells as boss.
Bild claim that Chelsea are yet to open talks with Rangnick, although his name is on a list of candidates for the job.