Maurizio Sarri is set to leave Chelsea and sign a three-year deal with Juventus next week.
The Chelsea manager will leave after just one season at Stamford Bridge, returning to Italy to take charge of the Turin based side.
The Italian champions had expressed an interest in the 60-year-old after announcing that Max Allegri would leave following five successful seasons at the club, with Sarri admitting he misses Italy amid the speculation.
According to the Guardian a deal has now been agreed that will see the former Napoli boss return to Serie A to join Juventus, who believe they will not have to pay a fee to secure the Italian.
Despite leading Chelsea to Champions League qualification and Europa League success in his debut season, Sarri’s future in West London had been uncertain with the club’s support having been vocal in their discontent for the manager’s methods.
Maurizio Sarri's managerial career
1990-2005: Serie D
2005-2010: Bouncing around Serie B
2010-2012: Serie C
2018-: Chelsea, winning his FIRST EVER trophy as a manager.
Almost draws you to tears when you see him look at his medal pic.twitter.com/qrDOzwA0Go
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Several of Sarri’s decisions had been booed by the club’s fans, whilst chants of ‘fuck Sarri-ball’ in reference to the Italian’s style of play had also often been heard.
Sarri is also said to have angered owner Roman Abramovich over his criticism of the club’s decision to play a US friendly prior to the Europa League final against Arsenal, a game which the Russian had arranged as part of his programme to combat anti-semitism.
Having also lost star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this week, Chelsea face an uphill task to remain competitive at the top end of the Premier League with the club also facing a two-window transfer ban.
Attention will now turn to the appointment of a new manager, a shortlist which is believed to include the likes of Allegri, Frank Lampard and Nuno Espirito Santo.
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A plug for Frank Lampard to be the next #Chelsea boss and why they may defy all logic and win silverware next season even with a transfer ban. ?
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) June 7, 2019