Chelsea who have been on an off with their manager Antonio Conte could be on the verge of signing a new manager to replace the Italian who fell out with the Chelsea board last season.
Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday: “Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”
The Napoli president was unveiling the club’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed before Sarri’s departure has been secured.
Sky in Italy understands a compensation settlement between the 51-year old and the Serie A club is set to be agreed on Wednesday afternoon – prompting Chelsea to bring to an end Conte’s two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte took training at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Monday and still has 12 months left on his £9m-a-year contract.
Chelsea are yet to make any move in the summer’s transfer market but it is understood Sarri’s arrival could also prompt the arrival of Golovin who has been a sensation for Russia in the World Cup and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
Chelsea could also be on the verge of signing Jorginho after it emerged that he preferred a move to London ahead of Manchester where it is believed that he had been in talks with Manchester City for weeks.
“If for personal reasons I won’t get into, the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester, I can understand him,” De Laurentiis said.
“If Chelsea pay him more, I can understand it too. So I can just apologize to Khaldoon [Al Mubarak].
“But it does not depend on me. If Jorginho moves to Chelsea, my agreement with Abramovich does not depend on Sarri becoming their next manager.”
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