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Has Diego Simeone informed Atletico Madrid that he's taking over at Chelsea this summer?

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The last thing most Chelsea fans expected at the start of the campaign was a mid-season managerial change, with the Blues being forced to look for a new long-term manager before the calendar turned. Jose Mourinho was sacked, however, and with Guus Hiddink making it very clear that he's only here until the end of the current campaign, the media has been linking the London side with all sorts of potential replacements.

On Tuesday, Spanish website OK Diario is claiming that Chelsea fans might be getting one of the biggest names on their list, claiming that current Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has already informed his current employer that he's Chelsea bound this summer. The report states that Chelsea will meet th buyout in the Argentine's current contract, and that Simeone will more than double his current salary when he makes the move to England.

It's always worth noting that anything from the Spanish media is worth questioning the accuracy of, and especially so with some smaller outlets such as the one from this report. That said, it would make loads of sense for Simoene to be interested to a move to one of Europe's mega-clubs, and with the influx of money and managerial talent in England, as well as Atleti's impending transfer ban, the timing would seem to be just about perfect, especially for someone who would seem ideally suited to work with the sort of players the Blues currently have under contract.

Personally, I've greatly enjoyed watching Atletico play throughout Simeone's tenure, and would be a big, big fan of bringing him to Stamford Bridge. Here's hoping there's something to this report...

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