Chelsea close to appointing Sarri as Conte replacement

Chelsea finally look set to put an end to the uncertainty surrounding their managerial situation, with Maurizio Sarri reportedly close to becoming the clubs new head coach.

The Blues have long been linked with replacing Premier League title winning manager Antonio Conte, after he could only lead the club to a fifth placed finish last season, crucially missing out on a place in this seasons Champions League.

Despite reports that the Italian would be sacked with a matter of days of the end of the 2017/18 season, Antonio Conte is still officially in charge at Stamford Bridge.

If Chelsea were to sack Conte, they would be forced to pay up the remaining year of his current contract, believed to be worth in the region of £8 million.

Their number one target to replace the Italian is his fellow countryman Maurizio Sarri, who has already been replaced as the manager at Napoli by former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti.

However, despite having being replaced by the Serie A club, he hasn’t actually been sacked, with the Neapolitans hoping to receive some form of compensation for the 59-year-old.

However reports in the Daily Mail claim that Chelsea are edging closer to appointing Sarri as their new boss, with the Italian due to jet to London to finalise a deal.

They claim that Sarri has cut short his work as a pundit for South African TV to enable him to fly to the UK on Wednesday to complete a move.

It is thought that fellow Italian, and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola could become Sarri’s number two at Stamford Bridge.

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