Chelsea are all set to undergo a managerial change with Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that a deal for Maurizio Sarri is in place
Its been months in the making but it appears that Chelsea are finally on the cusp of announcing Maurizio Sarri as their new manager. The situation around the club has been confusing over the past few days as Antonio Conte returned to begin the pre-season sessions with the players. His departure has been expected all along but the fans and players alike had been left in a limbo – until now that is.
Maurizio Sarri has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli boss. Aurelio De Laurentiis has now confirmed that a deal is in place to bring Sarri to Stamford Bridge. He announced:
“Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”
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De Laurentiis also confirmed that Chelsea have overtaken Manchester City for Jorginho’s signatures. The midfielder prefers to live in London according to Napoli chief.
Sarri’s arrival will mark an end to Antonio Conte’s tumultuous two-year spell at the club. He has won a Premier League title and an FA Cup in consecutive seasons. However, the breakdown in the relationship between him and the board is the main reason for his departure. He will reportedly earn a hefty payday as his compensation with 12 months still remaining on his £9m-a-year contract.
Sarri’s arrival could also be followed by the signings of Daniele Rugani and Aleksandr Golovin. On the other hand, the Italian will also have to tend to the future of several important players. Eden Hazard is openly flirting with the prospect of moving to Real Madrid while Thibaut Courtois also interests the Spanish giants. Willian, meanwhile, has become the reason of a bidding war between Barcelona and Manchester United.
The incoming boss has a huge rebuilding task at his hands. Not only will he need to elevate their on-field performances but also clear out the toxic atmosphere around the club. The squad is in a state of flux. With just 12 days before Chelsea’s first pre-season game and less than a month before the transfer window closes – Sarri will need to get to work quickly and efficiently.