Chelsea have 'obvious' next manager decision to help complete stunning £68m transfer

Ruben Amorim of Sporting CP, Viktor Gyokeres of Sporting CP gestures during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match between Sporting CP and Atalanta at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 6, 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Chelsea can hand themselves a huge transfer boost by deciding to appoint Ruben Amorim as Mauricio Pochettino's replacement. The Sporting CP boss has been previously linked with the vacancy at Stamford Bridge; however, he has not been included in the latest shortlists despite matching the requirements Chelsea want from their next head coach.

Shortly after Pochettino's exit by mutual consent was announced, it became very clear exactly what Chelsea wanted from his successor. The Blues want a young, progressive coach who is capable of playing a possession-based brand of football while also remaining defensively stable.

Despite Amorim absolutely fitting that profile, his name is yet to be mentioned in the vast reports of potential Pochettino replacements. The 39-year-old is fresh off a title-winning season in Portugal, although his side were knocked out of the Europa League at the last-16 stage at the expense of eventual finalists Atalanta.

In the absence of Amorim, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank, Enzo Maresca and Sebastian Hoeness have been listed as four options. All four managers have either enjoyed success or shown great progress over the last few years, which certainly would explain Chelsea's interest; however, with Amorim, the potential for a major transfer boost alongside his appointment is huge.

A main reason behind Sporting's Portugeuse League triumph has been the form of Viktor Gyokeres, with his first season at the club an extremely successful one. In 49 games in all competitions, the former Coventry City striker scored 43 goals, with that form understandably peaking the interest of both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Both clubs appear in need of a natural and reliable goal scorer, with Gyokeres, alongside Benjamin Sesko, at the top of their respective lists. Therefore, appointing Amorim would not only be a great decision, but it could also prove significant in Chelsea landing Gyokeres.

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When asked about Amorim and his future in Portugal, Gyokeres said: "He’s a very good coach, I like him and I wouldn’t mind [working with him next year]. It’s football, it’s normal. I can’t promise anything.

"I would like to stay, I like being here and wouldn’t mind it but in football, everything happens quick and we have to adapt. I can’t make any promises, it’s difficult. There are still games left to play this season. We’ll see."

Back in March, reports emerged that Sporting would demand £65million for his departure, but that could yet increase, especially if Chelsea poach Amorim and then go after their talisman. However, it is certainly worth giving it a go, with the current candidates for the job not exactly standing out or being proven winners over a consistent period.