Chelsea to appoint 60-year-old German tactician

Chelsea are looking at ex-RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick as a potential heir to Maurizio Sarri if the Italian takes over at Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri is the Italian champions’ main target to replace Massimiliano Allegri, and Juventus director Fabio Paratici was in London this week to discuss a compensation package with the Blues, who want around £5 million.

Derby County boss Frank Lampard is the favourite to take over at the Bridge, while Chelsea have also looked at Premier League managers like Javi Gracia and Nuno Espirito Santo.

Now German newspaper Bild has thrown a new name into the mix in the form of RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick, who stepped down as head coach at the end of the campaign.

RB Leipzig agreed a deal for Hoffenheim’s up-and-coming young manager Julian Nagelsmann to take over this summer, while Paderborn’s Markus Krosche takes on Ralf Rangnick’s former role of sporting director.

Instead, the 60-year-old specialist has been given a new role as head of sport and development soccer at Red Bull and will help oversee the growth of MLS club New York Red Bulls and Brazilian side CA Bragantino.

However, German publication reports that the Blues could try and tempt Ralf Ragnick to remain in the management, while his reputation for developing young talents will be needed as Chelsea face up to their looming transfer ban.

Ralf Rangnick is attracted to the chance of managing in the Premier League though Chelsea have not opened official talks just yet.

Club legend Frank Lampard has been sounded out, and the Blues bosses are understood to be keen on the idea of bringing back a bona fide club legend to unite a fanbase that turned on ‘Sarri-ball’ last season.