Chelsea have identified Ralf Ranknick as a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri, reports claim.
Sarri is set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer with Juventus hoping to conclude a deal to make the Italian their new manager after Max Allegri’s resignation.
The former Napoli boss spent just a single year in charge of Chelsea, but ended it on a high note with Europa League success and a third place finish in the Premier League.
Talks continue between the two clubs over Sarri’s return to his homeland, and there is said to be an issue concerning his release clause, but a deal is expected to be agreed in the near future.
Chelsea have already started their hunt for Sarri’s successor, with the likes of Javi Gracia, the Watford manager, and Blues legend Frank Lampard linked with the post.
Rafa Benitez was named as a shock target for Chelsea chiefs earlier this week, and another coach has become a surprise inclusion on the club’s shortlist.
Rangnick, the 60-year-old German, is now being linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge, Bild report.
A highly-rated and well-respected coach in his homeland, Rangnick is known for his affiliation with RB Leipzig, having served the Bundesliga club as both manager and sporting director.
He was their head coach in 2018/19 but will step down this summer with Julian Nagelsmann to take charge of the club for 2019/20.
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And Bild claim the soon-to-be free agent has been identified by Chelsea as a potential new manager, though it is confirmed no negotiations have taken place between the two parties.
Rangnick has also managed Stuttgart, Hannover, Schalke and Hoffenheim during his lengthy career, and has many times before been linked with a Premier League job.