Conte to leave Chelsea, Sarri to replace him

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2018

A legal battle is looming between Antonio Conte and Chelsea after the Premier League club sacked the Italian tactician.

That success was helped by prolific striker Diego Costa, who scored 20 goals and provided eight assists.

Ironically, it was Conte who handed Jorginho, holder of Italian and Brazilian passports, his first worldwide cap for Italy in March 2016.

Chelsea are now primed to announce former Napoli boss Sarri as his replacement, with talks at an advanced stage.

But The Sun say Chelsea are hopeful that, now Sarri is in charge, the trio will decide to stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Sarri, who split his time between banking and playing football before he took up coaching aged 40, has not won a major honour in three years at Napoli but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again. Napoli refused to end Sarri's contract despite hiring Carlo Ancelotti as manager.

Current manager Antonio Conte has one more season on his current deal with the club, but the London club seem to be done with their EPL and FA Cups winning tactician. Gianfranco Zola could also return to Chelsea as part of the backroom or technical staff. His departure has been expected all along but the fans and players alike had been left in a limbo - until now that is.

One player that Sarri hasn't worked with but who has been linked with a move to Chelsea is Russian star Alexandr Golovin off the back of an excellent European campaign last season followed by an exceptional World Cup for the hosts.

However, the 25-year-old is set to become Chelsea's record signing if he pens the deal with the EPL champions this summer.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy global midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

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