Chelsea’s interim manager looks like he is heading to Paris next season.
Europe’s managerial merry-go-round makes another spin as Paris Saint-Germain approach Rafael Benitez to succeed Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti, reports French newspaper L’Equipe.
It’s expected in most quarters that Ancelotti will make the move from the French capital to takeover the Madrid hot seat from Jose Mourinho – who himself is preparing for a return to Chelsea.
In a neatly completed package Benitez almost looks certain to end his unpopular stint at Stamford Bridge and become the third point of the triangle at PSG.
The Spaniard was never accepted by Blues fans after being given his bizarre ‘interim’ role back in November 2012, following the sacking of double-winner Roberto Di Matteo.
Despite leading Chelsea to a Europa League triumph and third place in the Premier League, it’s likely Benitez will not miss the boos and banners from the West London faithful.
However, if PSG want their man they will have to move fast as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis also wants the 53-year-old to take over in Naples.
It seems PSG are resigned to the fact that they are going to lose Ancelotti to Madrid, but after an impressive season in France – winning the league and cup double – the club will be keen to build on their success.
Transfer funds are likely to be booming for Benitez as since the French side were taken over by a Qatari consortium in 2011, the club spent over £220million on new players; such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Brazilian sensation Lucas.
If PSG miss out on their man they also have their eye on Russia manager Fabio Capello and recently sacked Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini as Ancelotti’s potential successor.