Chelsea will approach the Turkish Federation this week for coach Guus Hiddink.
The Guardian says Chelsea are to make a formal approach this week to secure the services of Hiddink as manager, a move that will spark a period of negotiations over the size of the compensation package required to land the Dutchman.
Hiddink oversaw last Friday's 1-1 draw in Belgium in a Euro 2012 qualifier, a result that kept Turkey in contention for a play-off place in Group A, and has left for his holidays having entered the final 12 months of a £4m-a-year deal. The federation admitted over the weekend that there is "uncertainty everywhere" over the 64-year-old's future but Hiddink, although understood to be keen to return to day-to-day management at Stamford Bridge, is reluctant to resign and break his contract.
An awkward period of discussions is expected, with Chelsea keen to pay less than the £4m it may take to extricate their No1 target from the final year of his deal.