Chelsea could be ready to make a move for Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte in a deal which could see Blues defender David Luiz going in the opposite direction, as reported by the Sun.
Current Chelsea boss, Conte, who enjoyed a successful first campaign with the London club during the 2016-17 by winning the Premier League title, has endured a lacklustre and disappointing campaign second time around and there have been several rumours for weeks that he may be on his way out. It appears Chelsea are wasting no time in getting their new man in should Conte be leaving but also, at the expense Brazilian defender, David Luiz. Luiz only played ten Premier League games this season, in contrast to his thirty-three the previous season, so it comes as no surprise that he could also be leaving the club this summer.
The Italian club also appear to be wasting no time in replacing Sarri, should he leave their club by already securing a deal to bring in former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti to replace him. Despite Sarri’s £7 million release clause expiring on 31 May, Napoli are still keen on getting some sort of compensation from Chelsea.
Sarri, who has only managed in Italy in his thirteen-year managerial career so far, will be facing a tough new challenge in England, should the deal go through as expected.
It would appear that the only hurdle in Chelsea’s way now is the asking price of Napoli for Sarri, which could yet see the Blues pull out of the deal. Recent reports of Laurent Blanc being in the running have surfaced, especially since former Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique pulled out of the running.
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