Olympique Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has fielded an approach from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The Telegraph says it is understood that talks between Abramovich and Deschamps may have taken place in Paris in the last fortnight with the Russian billionaire again considering the former Chelsea midfielder.

While Laurent Blanc's representatives have pushed the France coach's availability to Abramovich, the Russian is continuing to test the ground and has Deschamps under consideration.

Chelsea have looked at coaches working in Spain such as Valencia's Unai Emery and Athletic Bilbao's Marcelo Bielsa although Abramovich has made it clear that he wants an English-speaking coach.