Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to pay Guus Hiddink £6 million-a-year to quit his Turkey job in the summer.
The Daily Express says Abramovich also wants to bring former Stamford Bridge hero Gianfranco Zola on to the club’s coaching staff in some capacity next season, in a revamp of the backroom set-up.
Hiddink, who in his spell as caretaker manager at the club in 2009 won the FA Cup and revitalised the team, is primarily wanted by Abramovich as a new manager.
But so keen is he to bring the Dutchman on board that if he turns that job down he will again be offered a post as director of football – and be told he can pick the new manager.
That man is likely to be former Dutch national coach Marco Van Basten – who quit Ajax in 2009.
Zola would then become part of the new manager’s staff.