I’m not sure how much truth there is to rumours linking Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo with a move to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement, but it’s not the first time the rumour mill has attempted to disrupt the club with talk of departures.
With it being heavily suggested that Sarri will walk after a disappointing and turbulent season at Stamford Bridge, plenty have linked Nuno’s name as a replacement and Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha via Sport Witness claimed this weekend that if Chelsea did make a move on our gaffer, we had already potentially lined up his replacement in the shape of Benfica manager Bruno Lage.
The story is prime pickings for the rumour mill really given all the clubs it includes and it has a nice juicy 20million Euro release fee associated with Lage as well.
He may be a familiar name to some in this country as he was Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, but at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign he took out on his own and joined as Benfica B’s manager, taking first team charge in January.
Benfica have won the Portuguese league this season under his charge, so his stock is pretty high.
I’m guessing this will come to nothing ultimately as I have no idea why Nuno would want Chelsea’s troubles, especially with a transfer embargo in place and the expectation that talisman Eden Hazard will be off, but if there is any truth to this claim, at least the club are proactively covering their own back so our recent improvement doesn’t stutter.