Pep approach made – report

Chelsea have made an initial approach to try to lure Pep Guardiola away from Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Nou Camp boss, whose contract expires in the summer, is one of the favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge.

It is claimed that tentative feelers have already been put out by intermediaries seeking to put a deal together which could see Guardiola quit the European champions to be Chelsea’s eighth manager since 2004.

The Mirror also suggest Andre Villas-Boas left in tears after being sacked by the Blues – despite getting a £10m pay-off – and was also said to be upset that the majority of the squad did not say goodbye or wish him luck.

The Sun declare that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has invited Chelsea to make him an offer.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen is hoping that Chelsea will let him sign Romelu Lukaku on loan this summer.

Arnesen, formerly director of football at the Bridge, is understood to want to take the 18-year-old to the Bundesliga on a season-long deal.

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