Chelsea are hoping to exploit a legal loophole that could finally bring an end to Antonio Conte’s tenure at Stamford Bridge according to reports.
The Italian’s future at the club has been subject to intense speculation for a number of months, with it widely expected that Chelsea would sack Conte within days of the the end of the season.
Chelsea are thought to have been hoping that another top club would come in for their manager, which would save them from having to pay out the remaining £8 million that he would be owed for the final year of his contract. He has been linked with a number of top jobs, including Juventus, Napoli, Real Madrid, PSG, Inter Milan and the Italian National Team, but all of these positions have now been filled, or haven’t become available, leaving the Blues with very few options.
However, according to the Express, the 2016/17 Premier League Champions are looking into the possibility of exploiting a legal loophole that could allow them to sack him for a fraction of the cost of the remaining year of his deal.
They are apparently looking into sacking him due to the way he managed, or to put it more accurately mismanaged, the situation which saw Diego Costa re-join Atletico Madrid in January.
Conte informed the Spain international last summer that he was no longer a part of his plans via text message, something which Chelsea believe could have wiped millions off Costa’s potential transfer value.
Chelsea were unable to offload the goalscorer last summer due to Los Rojiblancos’ transfer embargo, but eventually agreed a £59 million deal to sell with the striker returning to the Spanish side back in January.
If Chelsea are able to sack Conte on the cheap, they are widely expected to appoint former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri who, despite leading the Neapolitan’s to second place in Serie A with a highly impressive 91 points, has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.