London: Former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal has emerged as the leading contender to take over as Chelsea manager.
The Dutchman is understood to be ready for a return to management after a year-long time off.
Van Gaal believes he can repeat his track record of success at one more top club - and he finds the Chelsea job largely appealing.
He is known as a no-nonsense coach who will shatter any hint of player power at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is known for his desire to have a strong character in charge to handle influential trio John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba in the club.
Van Gaal would savor that prospect. He also has an impressive resume to present to any nonconforming voices who question his approach, The Mirror reports.
He has won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany as well as the much craved Champions League.
Van Gaal is currently living at his villa in Portugal, but has made it clear he has the energy and motivation to run a major club.
He is also the top candidate at PSV Eindhoven for next season, but he prefers a move to the Premier League.
Van Gaal also boasts of an impressive track record having won seven league titles in three different countries, with four different clubs.