Roman Abramovich wants 46-year-old manager to replace Sarri but has one main concern

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has earmarked Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino as a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri at the end of the ongoing campaign.

The Blues have endured a mixed run of form in the Premier League and they are currently holding onto the fourth position in the standings with a two-point advantage over Manchester United.

Still, they are far from assured of Champions League football for the next campaign and The Express reports that the failure to do so will witness Sarri getting the sack.

It is added that Pochettino has been earmarked as one of the potential candidates to succeed the Italian, although the move remains far from straightforward.

For beginners, the west London side would need to part with a compensation sum of around £50m but even then, a deal appears difficult due to the fierce rivalry developed between the sides.

Spurs have a shrewd chairman in Daniel Levy in their ranks and the 56-year-old may hamper the Blues’ prospects of signing the Argentine when the season closes.

Of late, Spurs had tried to pursue a loan deal for Michy Batshuayi but they were put off after the Blues demanded an £8m loan fee when compared to the £2m sum which Crystal Palace had eventually signed him for.

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