According to reports in Italy, Chelsea only need to pay an €8million release clause to secure Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement.
Despite their incredible comeback win this weekend, Chelsea fans are desperate to get Antonio Conte out, and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke about Maurizio Sarri’s future ahead of their 0-0 draw with AC Milan on Sunday.
“There is a termination clause of 8 million euro if someone were to present themselves and he wanted to aspire to something different, to go away. I could not oppose it. It is foreseen by the contract, everyone must make reasoning of entrepreneurial possibilities and sporting ability,” De Laurentiis said as reported by Calcio Mercato.
Sarri’s Napoli look to have thrown away their title chase, but he is still a top target for the Blues, and the Italian report claims the 59 year-old would listen to an offer from Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has gone from hero to zero remarkable quickly at Stamford Bridge, as fans have grown tired of his poor game management and uninspiring tactics.
The three-at-the-back sensation that took the Premier League by storm last season has fallen out of the top four race with a whimper, and Sarri is the perfect man to get the Blues back on top.
After impressing with his Empoli side, Sarri moved to Naples in 2015. Since then, the 59 year-old enigma has guided Napoli to their best title challenge in decades, although their dreams do appear to be fading away after Sunday’s draw in Milan.
The biggest issue facing Sarri if he moves to London is the amount of dead wood in the Chelsea squad, but with the backing of Roman Abramovich the Italian could bring the good times back to Stamford Bridge.
Sarri’s aggressive, free-flowing take on tiki-taka football would bring life back to Stamford Bridge and the underperforming squad.
If €8m is the difference between getting back on top or challenging Arsenal for 5th, Chelsea would be foolish not to pay it.
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