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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte 'sounded out over Barcelona move'

Conte 'sounded out over Barcelona move'
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was reportedly being considered as a replacement for Ernesto Valverde prior to Barcelona's 5-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday evening.

Barcelona reportedly made contact with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte over potentially replacing Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou hotseat.

The Catalan giants are said to have sounded out candidates to take over from Valverde if they lost Saturday's Copa del Rey final meeting with Sevilla.

Don Balon suggests that Valverde's future as Barca boss depended on the result at the Wanda Metropolitano, with a resounding 5-0 win seemingly earning him a stay of execution.

According to the Spanish outlet, Conte was targeted - and may still be under consideration - for one of the biggest jobs in world football despite being on the brink of the sack at Chelsea.

Valverde is on course to win a domestic double in his first campaign with Barca, but defeat to Roma in the Champions League had left his position under scrutiny.


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Mike Jones stands between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte during the FA Cup quarter-final between Chelsea and Manchester United on March 13, 2017
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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
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15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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