Roman Abramovich thinks he's closer than ever to securing the services of Diego Simeone for Chelsea.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the club's owner believes his chances of securing the revered Argentine have taken a huge boost after Atletico Madrid were hit with a transfer ban.
The La Liga outfit won't be eligible to sign players in the summer or next January, leaving Simeone with a major problem in the Spanish capital.
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It appears, then, that the Atletico Madrid boss is at the top of Abramovich's wish list as he goes in search of appointing a permanent manager at Stamford Bridge.
After the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Dutchman Guus Hiddink will remain in charge of the club until the end of the season but it appears that he could be replaced by Simeone.
Simeone, of course, has enjoyed remarkable success in Spain - he won the La Liga title in the 2013/14 season and almost secured Champions League silverware - so he could have a big decision to make if and when Chelsea come calling.
It's a risk
The notion that Simeone would slot in perfectly at Chelsea may not be entirely correct. It's most definitely a risk for Abramovich but it's probably one worth taking at this stage.
Chelsea are a completely different club in comparison to Atletico Madrid - Simeone may well get a culture shock in west London - but it's surely a challenge that will excite the dynamic manager.
Will Chelsea be able to adapt to Simeone and will he be able to adapt to them? It will certainly make an intriguing appointment.
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