Reports claim that a deal for Maurizio Sarri to be the next Chelsea manager has almost been completed after two days of intense meetings, and the deal will be confirmed next week.
It appears that a potential agreement has been made out — a 2-year deal valued at €6-6.5m per year.
However, sacking Antonio Conte and employing Maurizio Sarri is never going to be an easy ordeal as Roman Abramovich is expected to make losses yet again following another managerial takeover.
Napoli may have already hired Sarri’s replacement in Carlo Ancelotti, but the club is yet to cancel the old coach’s contract which is valid through 2020, and there is an €8m buyout available until May 31st.
Chelsea hope to avoid Sarri’s €8m clause at Napoli, and paying Antonio Conte off is another matter the club has to settle. And of course, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is one man who loves his money.
As for Conte, it’s stated that if Sarri is announced before the current manager is fired, then Conte is due even more compensation.
However, Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà claims that Chelsea’s proposal will be presented to Sarri in the next couple days for the final approval. Once it is signed, Chelsea can move forward with figuring out the transfer fee situation – and a deal is expected to be announced next week.