Chelsea face fight with Inter Milan to land Blanc after Ranieri is axed by Italians
08:59 GMT, 27 March 2012
Chelsea face competition from Italian giants Inter Milan for manager Laurent Blanc.
Blanc has been offered around 200,000 a week to take over at Stamford Bridge, according to reports in France.
But the France boss, whose contract expires at the end of Euro 2012, also reportedly has an firm proposal from Inter Milan.
In demand: France boss Laurent Blanc
Blanc is one of several big names to be linked with the Chelsea hot seat, but French newspaper Le Parisien claims Roman Abramovich has now offered the 46-year-old a deal that would make him the best-paid manager in the Barclays Premier League.
The former Bordeaux boss, who finished his glorious playing career in 2003 with a swansong at Manchester United, may yet decide to stay with France in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.
Chelsea put Roberto di Matteo in charge till the end of the season after sacking Andre Villas-Boas on March 4.
Inter this week sacked Claudio Ranieri and appointed youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni in what is expected to be a temporary move.
Marching orders: Inter sacked former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri on Monday
The vastly-experienced Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini in September but was unable to turn around Inter's season, with Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Juventus extending a woeful run that has seen them win only one of their last 10 Serie A matches.
That dismal sequence has left them down in eighth place, 10 points adrift of the Champions League places, and 22 behind league-leading rivals AC Milan.
The loss to Juventus was also their 12th league defeat of the campaign, only one shy of the club record of 13 suffered in 1947-48.
Stramaccioni guided Inter's youngster to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series following a penalty shoot-out victory over Ajax in Sunday's final in London.
Inter are next in action against Genoa at home on Sunday.
Interim boss: Roberto di Matteo has been appointed until end of the season