Chelsea consider Capello, Conte and the captain

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Fabio Capello yells instructions during Russia's 1-0 win over PortugalPA PhotosFabio Capello is apparently on Chelsea's radar as doubts persist over Rafa Benitez

Chelsea are set to send out and SOS to former England manager Fabio Capello as the short-term future of interim manager Rafael Benitez remains on a knife edge.

Chelsea defeated West Brom 1-0 on Saturday but the victory did little to quell fans' anger towards the Spaniard, a number of supporters taking the chance to again vent their frustration at the former Liverpool boss, and according to the Sunday Mirror, owner Roman Abramovich may make a play to replace Benitez with current Russia boss Capello until the end of the season.

Capello's reign would mimic that of former Chelsea and Russian manager Guus Hiddink in 2009, when the Dutchman stepped into the void, juggling both jobs, after the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Hiddink guided the Blues to an FA Cup triumph that season.

However, Capello is not the only option for the Blues. The Daily Star Sunday understands that Juventus coach Antonio Conte - who recently spoke of his delight at being linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid - would jump at the chance to head to Stamford Bridge.

The Mirror even carries the story that Chelsea “intend to groom captain John Terry as a future manager instead of showing him the door when his contract expires in the summer of 2014”, although he’s not in the frame for the job just yet.

Meanwhile, the Sun on Sunday claims Manchester United have made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives over a move back to Old Trafford and that the Real Madrid star would be willing to take a pay-cut to secure a return.

The paper adds, however, that PSG would be willing to offer a FFP-busting £500,000 a week, so that pay-cut may not be necessary.

Real Madrid are again in the transfer news, with striker Gonzalo Higuain reported to be a target for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

The Sunday Mirror is suggesting the 25-year-old has rocketed up Mancini's list after being priced out of deals for Napoli's Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao.

With Higuain falling out of favour with Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, there may soon be a new name for City supporters to chant next season.

And one last final word from the Mirror, and again on Real Madrid: Los Blancos are considering a surprise raid for Tottenham's Kyle Walker.

The Spanish champions are reported to be big admirers of the 22-year-old and, with the club looking for a replacement for Alvaro Arbeloa, Walker could soon be on his way out of London. However, Tottenham will not let go of the England under-21 international without a fight, with Walker expected to attract a £15 million price-tag.

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