Maurizio Sarri is anxiously waiting for Chelsea to make him an offer to become their new boss after Napoli announced former Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.
With Antonio Conte widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming days, Sarri is one of the favourites to take over from his countryman in West London.
According to reports in the London Evening Standard Chelsea are stalling on offering him a deal due to concerns over a £7 million buy out clause he has in his Napoli contract. Somewhat bizarrely the Naples club claim to still want this payment as they still technically employ him, despite having already hired Ancelotti.
Sarri spent much of his career coaching in the lower reaches of Italian football, but he has won many admirers since taking over at Napoli in 2015. His team play an aesthetically pleasing style of football nicknamed ‘’Sarri Ball,’’ and his side were bitterly unlucky not to end Juve’s stranglehold on the Serie A title this year having amassed 91 league points.
Although the 59-year-old coach has an offer to take over at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, Stamford Bridge is said to be his preferred destination.
Sarri’s agent is due to arrive in London shortly for talks with Chelsea, however the experienced coach said to feel alarmed that he is yet to receive a concrete offer from the Premier League side.