The Italian is still the leading candidate to replace Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte took over the charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and won the Premier League title on his debut season. But their title defense haven’t gone according to their plan as they have finished fifth and will miss the Champions League next season.
However the Premier League giants ended the season on a positive note by winning the FA Cup against Manchester United. Despite that Conte is still heavily linked with a move away from the club.
The Italian has been linked with a summer exit for quite some now after a decline in club’s performances this 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.
Napoli’s manager Maurizio Sarri has been linked to replace Conte next season, who has done a great job since he took over the charge of the Italian side and helped them to finish 2nd in the league last season.
The rumours further intensified when Ciucciarelli appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager, leaving the Italian free to join the Premier League giants. He is still under contract with the club and wanted the Blues to pay his £7 million release clause, which expired on 31st May without being activated.
The 59 year old is still the leading candidate to took over the charge of the FA Cup winners and according to reports the deal could be completed in the upcoming weeks. It is believed that that he is already drawing up shopping list for the club.
Sarri is understood to have requested four past and present Napoli players, which are believed to be Gonzalo Higuain, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski and Kalidou Koulibaly according to The Sun. He wants familiar faces with him should he be named the new manager.
Koulibaly has improved a lot last season under him and established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. The club have been interested in him over the past couple of transfer windows.
Hysaj has already earned plenty of attention from top European clubs after his outstanding performances in the right back position. The 24 year old could be a solid replacement for Davide Zappacosta, who has struggled since his arrival in England and has a release clause worth £44 million.
Zielenski has been one of the stars of the club’s fine Serie A campaign this season, scoring seven goals in all competitions for the club. The midfielder is known for his good technique and high intensity play and have a release clause worth £57 million.
Higuain has enjoyed another stellar campaign for the Turin side but has been linked with a summer exit in recent weeks. He added fuel to the flames by expressing his desire to play in the Premier League and with Alvaro Morata linked with a summer exit, the Argentine could be an excellent replacement.
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