Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal have been dealt a heavy blow as Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri could extend his deal with the Serie A club.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger managed his final game of the season today and the Gunners are in the hunt for a new leader to take charge of the club. The Frenchman’s departure will leave a void at the Emirates Stadium after 22 long years serving the North London side. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also finished outside the top 4 in the Premier League and is now likely to get the sack after the FA Cup final against Manchester United. The Blues are also on the lookout for a new boss to guide them to glory next season.
The two London clubs were linked with moves for former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri. With Enrique being too expensive and Allegri’s future sealed by Juve’s board the prime candidate was Sarri, but there’s a new problem.
Napoli came extremely close to winning the Serie A title this season but seem to have fallen short right at the death. Earlier reports claimed that the club was planning to sack Sarri for this failure but now are desperate to keep hold of the Italian as major English clubs are lurking for his services.
According to news outlet Calciomercato, Napoli is planning to double Sarri’s wages to €3 million a year plus €1 million in add-ons. The Italian mastermind is currently on a €1.5 million per year salary and is tied down with the club until 2020. But Sarri’s release clause at the end of the summer is just €8 million and the Partenopei are afraid that Chelsea or Arsenal could swoop in for Sarri.
If Sarri does accept the contract extension it Chelsea and Arsenal will have to look elsewhere to recruit a new top quality manager.
This is a massive blow for Arsenal and Chelsea. We would love to have seen Sarri take control of either one of the two powerful clubs in London. But there could still be a chance that Sarri gets a better deal with Arsenal or Chelsea if any of the two clubs offer him a better deal. However, with either of the two clubs failing to qualify for Champions League football, Sarri may not fancy a job in England.