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Roma chairman James Pallotta has made Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri his number one target to lead the club next season, according to Italian media outlet Calciomercato.

The report claims Roma would sack Eusebio Di Francesco as coach if the Italian side get knocked out of the Champions League tonight at the hands of Porto.

Di Francesco, a former Roma player, has been in charge of Roma since the start of last season, leading the club to its first Champions League semi-final in 35 years as well as a third-place finish in the league last season.

He has been under pressure this season after suffering a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Fiorentina in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia with Roma also placed fifth in the league.

Pallotta understands Sarri is unavailable at the moment but believes if Sarri’s situation at Chelsea worsens there is every chance he may be available at the end of the season.

Roma reportedly contacted the representatives of Sarri last month to see if he would be interested in coaching them next season.

Last month, Sarri dismissed claims he has been approached by Roma.

“No, I have a contract with Chelsea for the next two seasons so it is impossible to have another contract,” Sarri told BT Sports last month.

“I read in an Italian newspaper something about a meeting with Franco Baldini but I think for the moment Franco is in South Africa so it is very difficult.”

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