The Blues are still chasing a “big fish” to become senior coach in 2020, according to a report by Channel Seven’s Tom Browne.
Carlton are keeping their cards close to their chest but are preparing to launch a big-money deal to their number one target.
And according to Browne, the club likely has Alastair Clarkson, Ross Lyon or Paul Roos in its sights.
Clarkson is understood to remain the Blues’ number one target despite being contracted until 2022 and revealing earlier in the year that he would remain at Hawthorn.
Carlton could tempt the four-time premiership coach with a $1.5 million-a-season offer over five years.
Sources have indicated that Carlton are not interested in Lyon despite his close friendship with list manager Stephen Silvagni and Blues recruiter Paul Brodie.
Interim coach David Teague will reportedly not be interviewed until the end of the season, who despite receiving strong support, is unlikely to take on the full-time job.