Sky Sports understands that Rafa Benitez is the man Chelsea have lined up to replace Roberto Di Matteo.
The European champions sacked Di Matteo just hours after their 3-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Juventus which leaves them in danger of going out in the group stages.
Di Matteo's departure was confirmed after talks overnight and owner Roman Abramovich has already made moves to find a replacement.
With former Barcelona chief Pep Guardiola unwilling to cut short his 12-month sabbatical from the game, the first choice is Benitez.
Sky Sports sources believe that talks have already taken place, and it is understood Chelsea want their new coach - be it interim or not - in place before this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City.
52-year-old Benitez has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan in 2010 after he spent just six months at the San Siro.
Sky Bet have made the former Liverpool boss the favourite in their next Chelsea manager betting, with Guardiola and Harry Redknapp also at the head of the list of candidates.
Are Chelsea right to sack Roberto di Matteo?