Maurizio Sarri has finally been given the green light to become Juventus manager after the Italian champions agreed a £7million compensation fee with Chelsea on Thursday night, according to Daily Mail.
Sarri had two years left on his £5m-a-year Chelsea contract but will now leave for Juventus after Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici reached an agreement on a compensation fee.
Juventus had hoped they would land Sarri for nothing as they usually refuse to pay compensation for managers but Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia refused to cave into Juventus’s attempts to land Sarri on the cheap.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is now set for a fairy tale return to Stamford Bridge as manager following Sarri’s switch to Juventus.
The Sun claim Chelsea will make a formal approach for Lampard now Sarri has been given green light to leave for Juventus.
The Chelsea board reportedly wanted Lampard to have one more season in management before making a swoop but have now made him a priority after agreeing for Sarri to leave.
Meanwhile, Derby owner Mel Morris has insisted he wants to keep Lampard at the Pride Park hotseat.
Morris told talkSPORT: “One day maybe Frank will manage Chelsea, I don’t doubt that will happen at some point in the future.
“But I just hope when that does happen he can pick up Chelsea at a time where he can go on to be successful.
“Right now we want to keep him.”
Lampard will return to Chelsea alongside ex-Chelsea player Jody Morris, who previously impressed as the club’s Under-18s coach.
Sarri’s exit as manager means Chelsea have now lost our best player Eden Hazard and now our manager just 15 days after beating Arsenal in the Europa League final.