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Mauricio Pochettino is a “leading candidate” to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager, according to Sky Sports.

Tottenham’s thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City on the final of the Premier League season ensured a third-placed finish, ending the season seven points above fifth-placed Chelsea.

As a result, Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season – regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United – having failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Pochettino has led Spurs to three successive top four finishes, leading to interest from a host of top clubs in Europe.

Sky Sports believes Chelsea are considering moving for the Argentinian if Conte departs.

Question marks over Pochettino’s future emerged after Sunday’s game when the Tottenham boss revealed he will hold talks with Daniel Levy about altering the current project and taking more risks.

Some have read this as an ultimatum, suggesting Pochettino will leave the club if he isn’t given increased transfer funds.

There will be added pressure on Levy to provide Pochettino with what he wants if Chelsea’s interest is genuine.

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