Chelsea are considering Watford head coach, Javi Gracia, as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement if the Italian eventually leaves for Juventus, ESPN reports.
Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain despite winning the Europa League last week and finishing third in the Premier League.
The Blues are prepared to let him leave for Juventus, who are looking for Max Allegri’s successor.
Allegri, who leaves after winning Serie A in each of his five seasons in Turin, could yet trade places with Sarri.
But it is believed that there is a reluctance at Chelsea to appoint a third successive Italian manager because the players are struggling to embrace the approaches of either Sarri or his predecessor, Antonio Conte.
Gracia has impressed senior figures at Chelsea during his season-and-a-half at Vicarage Road.
The Spaniard, who has previously coached in Spain, Greece and Russia, guided Watford to the FA Cup final in the just-ended season, where the club were beaten by Manchester City.