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Maurizio Sarri is in final negotiations with former club Napoli as he edges closer to taking charge at Chelsea, says the Serie A club’s president, according to Calciomercato.com.
Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday: “Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”
The Napoli president was unveiling the club’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed before Sarri’s departure has been secured.
According to the latest reports, it now seems like Jorginho is set to fly out to London to undergo his medicals with the blues.
According to SportItalia and CalcioNapoli24 Jorginho is set to fly out to London on Wednesday in a bid to have his Chelsea medicals before the week runs out.
Manchester City were believed to be in pole position but opted out when they couldn’t meet Napoli’s valuation.
Conte took training at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Monday and still has 12 months left on his £9m-a-year contract.
Italian Sarri, 59, joined Napoli in 2015 and led them to second behind champions Juventus last season.
Conte, 48, has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year of his deal.
This would be reduced if former Italy and Juventus coach got another job, but most of the vacancies he would be interested in have now been filled.
Conte won the Premier League in his first season at the club in 2017, and the FA Cup in May this year.