New favourite emerges for Chelsea job; Barcelona ready to sell Spurs transfer target

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Jorge Sampaoli

According to two separate reports from London Evening Standard, Jorge Sampaoli has emerged as the new favourite for the Chelsea job; whilst Barcelona are keen to offload Sandro Ramirez to Tottenham Hotspur. 

Sampaoli has just stepped down as Chile manager following a dispute with the national federation and London Evening Standard report that he’s now the 2/1 favourite to take the Stamford Bridge hot seat when Guus Hiddink’s interim spell comes to an end in the summer.

The Argentine achieved great success in charge of Chile, leading them to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup and the first ever Copa America title in the country’s history last year. His track record at club level is somewhat less resounding, however, having never worked outside of South America before.

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Meanwhile, London Evening Standard also report that Barcelona are ready to sell 20-year-old striker Sandro Ramirez to Tottenham Hotspur in a permanent deal after rejecting a loan bid from Real Betis. The Spain U21 international was linked with a White Hart Lane move last month and the Lilywhites are still thought to be keen on acquiring his services.

But Barcelona want a buy-back option included in the deal – similar to their £6million clause to re-sign Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu next summer – and the north London outfit are reluctant to sanction one. Ramirez has scored twice in three Copa del Rey appearances for the Catalans this season.

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