The French legend is keen to talk seriously about taking over as boss and turn the Blues into contenders again at home and abroad with a £200m transfer kitty.
If he were to succeed under-pressure Maurizio Sarri, Zidane has a three-part wishlist:
1) New bumper deal for superstar playmaker Eden Hazard, keeping the Belgian to build a team around.2) £200m to improve the squad — more if he sells players who are currently at Stamford Bridge but are out of favour.
3) A major say in recruitment alongside Blues director Marina Granovskaia
Zidane has not had a club since leading Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League trophies
According to the report revealed last week that Chelsea’s top brass wanted Zidane, who has won the Champions League three times as a manager and once as a player at Real Madrid.
Sarri remains in charge for now and has some huge games coming up — starting with Manchester United at home in the FA Cup fifth round tonight.
He knows if Sarri wins the Carabao Cup — perhaps even the FA Cup — and qualifies for the Champions League in his first season as manager, that is no mean feat. But two defeats to the Manchester clubs this week could prove a fatal blow for the Italian.
Sarri oversaw the humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City a week ago, but he has vowed not to change his style