Chelsea chase Scolari

Portuguese Football Federation confirm Blues' manager interest

The Portuguese Football Federation has confirmed Chelsea's interest in manager Luis Felipe Scolari.

Chelsea are in the hunt for a new boss after parting company with Avram Grant last Saturday and a host of bosses from across Europe are believed to be contenders for the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.

The likes of unsettled Inter chief Roberto Mancini, ex-Barca boss Frank Rijkaard, Blackburn manager Mark Hughes and Russia coach Guus Hiddink are all understood to be targets.

And, according to the Portuguese Football Federation's vice-president Amandio De Carvalho, Portugal manager Scolari - who is out of contract after Euro 2008 - is also on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's short-list.

"I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari," Carvalho said in The Independent .

Lippi no-go

Meanwhile, former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi has ruled himself out of the running as Grant's successor.

"No, no, no," Lippi said in The Sun when asked if he would be interested in taking over at Chelsea.

"Sharing the language of the players is very important. I don't speak English.

"I must transmit my ideas and philosophy to the team and could not do that."

Drogba deal

Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti is also rumoured to be in line for a move to the Premier League following reports that the Italian met with Abramovich on Monday.

And Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has jokingly suggested a swap deal for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could be an option.

"They can have him (Ancelotti) for 50million euros (45m) or else I'll exchange him for Didier Drogba," Galliani concluded in The Sun.