Chelsea players would welcome the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as boss, according to the Telegraph.
Blues owner Todd Boehly, who has placed Frank Lampard in interim charge, is looking to make a permanent appointment in the summer.
The likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Vincent Kompany have also been linked with the job in recent weeks.
Nagelsmann is available, having been sacked by Bayern Munich who replaced him with former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Former Manchester City star Kompany has led Burnley to promotion from the Championship and is inevitably being linked with top clubs.
Both Nagelsmann and Kompany have also been linked with Tottenham, who are looking to appoint a manager this summer as well.
Former Spurs boss Pochettino has been linked with a return to his former club – but recent reports suggest he is now in pole position to take over at Stamford Bridge.
And the Telegraph say Chelsea’s players are “excited” at the prospect of Pochettino becoming their boss.
The newspaper say Pochettino is top of a three-man Chelsea shortlist which also includes Kompany and “one unnamed candidate” and that any concerns about the Argentine’s association with rivals Spurs “have now subsided significantly”.
Chelsea have lost all four of their matches since Lampard returned.