Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea Set To Seal €65m Deal For Maurizio Sarri And Jorginho

Chelsea Set To Seal €65m Deal For Maurizio Sarri And Jorginho

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England in 2016-17 and followed up that achievement with the FA Cup triumph this year, but his relationship with the board became damaged beyond fix, highlighted by his repeated public and private complaints about transfer policy.

The Blues are now expected to appoint Sarri, who recently left Napoli, which led to a contract wrangle with the Italian club, although the saga is nearing a conclusion.

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte with fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri lined up as his successor at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea released their short, sharp statement on Friday morning that said: 'Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.

However, his second season in charge ended with a limp title defence as his side finished fifth in the Premier League, crucially missing out on Champions League qualification.

But, despite winning the FA Cup last season - beating Manchester United in the final, Chelsea have ditched Conte ahead of the new campaign.

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That success didn't go unnoticed and unlike in England, one of the big clubs did come calling for a manager doing well at a so-called smaller club and Sarri was off to Napoli. "I wish you every success in the future".

Napoli recently replaced Sarri with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti but the 59-year-old remains under contract at the Serie A club.

Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.

That is not Chelsea's usual protocol and it is also believed lawyers are still haggling over how much to pay the former Juventus and Italy manager.

They claim that the deal is now complete, with Gianfranco Zola set to be appointed his assistant.

At times during the Sarri reign, Napoli played an nearly mesmeric style of football which was just about the most attractive in Europe.

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