The Blues want Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte
Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League and Champions League campaigns last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.
Antonio Conte has been widely tipped to leave the club this summer despite his 3 year contract with them expiring at the end of the next season.
The Italian has been linked with an exit for quite some now after a decline in club’s performances last season. The coach’s future has been under scrutiny since before the season began, as he negotiated a pay-rise without extending his contract and complaints over the club’s transfer policy.
Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been linked to replace Conte in the upcoming season, who has done an excellent job since he took over the charge of the Italian side and helped them to finish second in the league last season.
The speculations further intensified when the Serie A giants appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager for the upcoming season. Though the 59 year old is still under contract with them.
But the Blues are yet to reach an agreement with the Italian giants despite in talks with them for the past couple of weeks.
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is set to become Sarri’s assistant at Stamford bridge when he joins the club. His agent Fulvio Marrucco is frustrated with the club’s long pursuit of the manager and urges them to reach an agreement.
“We need to find an agreement between Sarri and Napoli,” Fulvio Marrucco pointed out on Radio Crc as quoted by Calciomercato.
“It’s a negotiation which hasn’t taken off, I’ve heard ‘tomorrow will be the right day’ so many times, but too many tomorrows have passed.
“Zola has no agreements with Chelsea. At the moment we’re waiting for Sarri, for a resolution with [Antonio] Conte, for an agreement between Chelsea and Napoli and also an agreement between Sarri and the London club.
“If all that happens, Zola and Sarri can talk about an eventual collaboration. Zola hasn’t had any contact, nor have I ever gone to London.”