Chelsea made an unofficial attempt to make Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino their new manager during the summer, according to The Sun.
The Blues eventually plumped for former player Frank Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri who departed for Juventus.
Tottenham were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in midweek by League Two outfit Colchester United and one win in seven games has seen Pochettino fall under pressure.
Pochettino is likely to have lots of potential destinations should he ever leave Spurs. Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus have all previously shown tentative interest.
Chelsea were keen to pursue the Argentine but Daniel Levy clearly baulked at the suggestion he could move across London to Stamford Bridge. It is thought that any club wanting to make Pochettino their new manager would have to pay the £32 million buyout fee in his contract (The Sun).
TBR Verdict – Chelsea in dreamland pursuing Pochettino
One of the Tottenham manager’s biggest gripes during his time at the club has been the lack of transfer activity.
Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo due to misdemeanours with regards to purchasing younger players.
It is hard to imagine Pochettino being happy with the situation at the Blues and there is an argument that it would have been a sideward step.
When the 47-year-old does leave Spurs it seems likely he will enter a top job. Pochettino is a manager who wants to be backed by his hierarchy and not being able to sign players at Chelsea would have been a certain dealbreaker.