Reports: Former Manchester United star is Chelsea's first choice to replace Maurizio Sarri
What’s the rumour?
There were reports of Zinedine Zidane taking over at Chelsea after the Blues reportedly sack the Italian. However, it seems as though it won’t be Zidane after all as reports from Italy claim that the Londoners are eying a move for Zidane’s team-mate at the 1998 World Cup, Laurent Blanc.
In case you didn’t know…
Laurent Blanc has the experience of the Premier League as he played for Manchester United from 2001 until his retirement in 2003. The represented the Red Devils in 75 matches and scored four goals for them.
The heart of the matter
But now, he could be back in the Premier League, albeit as the manager of a rival club as Chelsea look for a replacement for Maurizio Sarri. The Italian only just joined the Blues last summer and earned rave reviews for how Chelsea started under him.
However, things have gone awry since the turn of the year as the Blues have lost two consecutive away games by a margin of four or more goals. As a result, there are whispers of Roman Abramovic pulling the plug on the Italian.
The word around the campfire is that should Chelsea’s performance not improve in the coming weeks, Sarri could be sacked and Blanc is being eyed as one of the alternatives.
Rumour probability/rating: 6/10
Given that Chelsea are not really known for being patient with their manager, Sarri could really be sacked but whether Laurent Blanc is someone Chelsea would eye remains to be seen.
Maurizio Sarri is under severe pressure to turn things around in the coming days. He might not have gotten the financial backing in the market but losing 4-0 to Bournemouth and then 6-0 to Manchester City is just unacceptable.