Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea has been one of the most protracted and talked about managerial transfers in recent years. The Napoli manager left his role in Naples at the end of last season, and he has since been linked with Chelsea.
Reports however suggested that despite serious efforts to get the man to join from Italy, his contractual agreement with former Club, Napoli was the stumbling block. While Chelsea was holding out for a decent fee (by their standards), Napoli was insistent on his buyout fee, which is reportedly around the £7 million mark.
Chelsea have been asking for anything between £3 million and £4 million, but that wasn’t good enough for Napoli. However, despite their initial refusal, it would appear the Italian side have now caved in, and accepted our offer. A £4 million offer was the trick, reports claim.
There’s yet to be an official statement from either camps (Chelsea and Sarri’s), but things seem to be quite geared towards the arrival of the Italian. Chelsea will part ways with Conte after they pay him off, and will settle Napoli for Sarri’s services from as reports claim the deal may be sealed this week, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as his assistant.
There are also reports that Sarri may have already set his sights on possible transfer targets for his soon to be Chelsea side. The likes of Gonzalo Higuain, alongside Daniele Rugani from Juventus, and Matías Vecino from Inter have been linked with the Blues.
Whether or not, the player transfer rumors are true is not really a worry for me, as a Chelsea fan, I just want to see our managerial challenge solved, so there can be proper direction to our coming season. Unless this happens, we’re still the same old side that finished 5th last season, and that’s dangerous.