Chelsea are keen to bring an end to their managerial situation in the coming days, with Maurizio Sarri still high on the London clubs wanted list.
Sarri and his representatives were said to have a agreed to deal for him to become Chelsea’s latest manager back in May, although recent reports suggested the Stamford Bridge outfit had developed cold feet due to his messy divorce with Napoli and a recent ban he received for a homophobic rant directed at former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
However the London Evening Standard, who are usually well up to date on all matters Chelsea, are reporting that the 59-year-old Italian is still highly rated by the Blues hierarchy.
Sarri has spent much of his managerial career in the lower reaches of Italian football, although he has won many admirers for his progressive possession based football since moving to Napoli in 2015.
Many believe the experienced coaches “Sarri Ball,” tactics make for some of the most attractive football in Europe, and the Naples club came within a whisker of finally breaking Juventus’ stranglehold on the Serie A title when they finished with 91 points this season.
Although his fellow Italian Antonio Conte is still technically Chelsea’s manager the Standard also report that it is just a matter of time before he departs Stamford Bridge for pastures new.
Former France manager Laurent Blanc and Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic are the two other leading candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer.