Maurizio Sarri’s protracted move to Chelsea seems to be moving closer to completion, and the Italian coach wants his soon to be new club to fork out £140milliom on five transfer targets.
The 59-year-old is said to have agreed to a two-year-deal to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, with negations for his release from his contract with Napoli at an advanced stage.
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 coach’s “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 as they finished in second with an impressive 91 points last season.
According to the Daily Express Sarri is set to raid Serie A as he looks to overhaul Chelsea’s playing squad this summer. He has drawn up a five man transfer hit list which includes Napoli forward Dries Mertens, Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, Nice’s Jean Michael Seri, Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj and Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani as part of a huge overhaul of last season’s underachievers.
The chain smoking Italian is a fiery character and with his teams’ also being renowned for playing great football, Premier League fans can expect plenty of action both on and off the pitch at Stamford Bridge next season.