CHELSEA are back in talks with Luis Enrique as their hunt for a new manager takes a fresh twist.

The former Barcelona coach was the leading contender to replace Antonio Conte but negotiations between the two parties cooled as Chelsea turned their attention to ex-Napoli gaffer Maurizio Sarri.

Stamford Bridge bosses sensationally pulled the plug on a deal with Sarri yesterday amid concerns over his behaviour.

And, according to Spanish publication Sport, they have now reopened talks with Enrique.

A deal could reportedly be struck in the coming days.

Enrique, who was a target for Arsenal before his wage demands put them off, has been out of work since leaving Barcelona last year.

Sport claim he will put pen to paper on a three-year deal if talks progress.

That would tie him to the Blues until the summer of 2021.

Chelsea are looking for a new manager, despite Antonio Conte still being employed by the club.

The Italian won the FA Cup but a poor defence of their Premier League title and a long-running spat with the board will spell the end.

It is a matter of when, not if Chelsea will axe him.

Conte has a year left on his contract and it would reportedly cost the Blues around £9m to get rid.

Enrique won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey crowns and the 2015 Champions League in his time at Barcelona.


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