Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea manager is still subject to uncertainty, with rumours strongly claiming the Italian will be axed despite having won two trophies in two seasons as the manager of the club.
Maurizio Sarri has emerged as the favourite to replace Conte and is said to have held talks with Chelsea officials this week over signing a two-year deal.
The 59-year-old left Napoli earlier in the month – while Carlo Ancelotti was named his successor last week – and Sarri is already reportedly preparing for his move to west London.
According to the Evening Standard, if Sarri comes to Stamford Bridge, he will want his former Napoli defenders Elseid Hysaj and Raul Albiol and midfielder Piotr Zielinski to join him.
It is claimed Sarri would also tell Chelsea to move for Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly, who was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in 2016.
However, despite the bond he has with these players, it will be impossible for him to take them away from Napoli who already have a top coach in Ancelotti, and Sarri’s relationship with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is even worse off.