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Chelsea are closing in on a double move to land both Maurizio Sarri and Napoli midfielder Jorginho to Stamford Bridge, as we reported yesterday and Standard Sport confirmed today, as well as Sky Sport in Italy earlier last night.

Sarri could travel to the capital in the next few hours to finalize a deal which seemed close to collapse last week.

Jorginho was close to agreeing a move to Manchester City, who announced the signing of Ryad Mahrez on a £60m move last night.

Aurelio De Laurentiis will reportedly turn attention to Paris Saint-Germain star Angél Di Maria to bolster his squad following the appointment of former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti and Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly backs Azzurri‘s former manager Maurizio Sarri and believes his imminent move to Chelsea is going to be a success.

It is understood the Blues are keeping tabs on the Senegal international defender, but new Napoli manager and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly asked Aurelio De Laurentiis to stand firm and refuse any offer for the centre-back.

Koulibaly, who won a crucial opener against Poland in the World Cup last evening, told journalists: “They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.

“I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach [Carlo Ancelotti]. We know we can win something with him”.

“I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach. When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

“At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea I think it will be the same.”

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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is among the candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

The French boss quit his job at the Champions of Europe with an unexpected decision today, after winning three Champions League in a row and a La Liga title in these past three seasons.

Conte one of the contenders to take his place at Santiago Bernabéu, along with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Germany coach Joachim Löew.

It seems like the last one could be the favourite but it’s also known that Real Madrid wouldn’t encounter much resistance if they tried to recruit Conte from Chelsea, since the relationship of the Italian boss with the Blues board has fell out lately, with Maurizio Sarri ready to move to Stamford Bridge after he parted ways with Napoli last week.

The Azzurri appointed former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti as their new boss, so this make a return to Santiago Bernabéu impossible for him.

 

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The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available to revamp his squad next summer, Italian reports claim.

The former Napoli head coach was replaced by ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from the Azzurri: central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, full-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal for a swap.

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Chelsea target Jorginho’s agent confirmed “Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk, but we’ll have to see if Carlo Ancelotti wants him or not.”

The midfielder is hot property on the transfer market this summer and has been given a €60m price-tag: the Italian international himself claimed a couple of weeks ago that former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring him with him to London, should have he signed for Chelsea.

“Ancelotti was a real surprise, but football is dynamic and you turn over a new page quickly,”  the player’s agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Today Jorginho is a Napoli player, he has not signed anything with anyone and Napoli have not negotiated a deal with anyone.

“However, Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk and discuss things calmly. We’ll see what happens in future.

“We’ll have to see if Ancelotti wants Jorginho or not, I don’t know what the situation is right now. The player is certainly appreciated by Pep Guardiola and many other coaches.

We’ll see what happens after the three Italy friendlies.”

If Maurizio Sarri were to take the Chelsea job, would Jorginho be more inclined to follow his former Napoli Coach?

“I don’t know about those negotiations. I can’t hypothesise a move along with Sarri to Chelsea because we don’t know yet whether that’ll happen or not.”

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Maurizio Sarri is no longer Napoli manager, as the Azzurri appointed former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti today.

The deal was confirmed a couple of hours ago and now Sarri is free to look for a new club.

Yesterday he was close to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg and that was the reason why Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to open a quick negotiation with Ancelotti, who signed in less than 24 hours, but today reports from Italy suggest that Chelsea are trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has been keeping tracks of the coach that almost guided Napoli to an historical Scudetto this year for months and tomorrow Sarri’s entourage is expected to meet Chelsea directors to discuss about a possible deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea has to find a way to part ways with Antonio Conte, who has still got a year on in contract and doesn’t want to break it without a payout.

 

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is discussing his contract with Napoli in this moment at Filmauro ( the movie production company owned by the Azzurri chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis) headquarters in Italy as Blues target Maurizio Sarri is keen for a move to Zenit St. Petersburg.

The negotiations became yesterday, when Sarri informed De Laurentiis he was going to accept the offer received from the Russian club – who released Roberto Mancini ten days ago to let him join the Italian national team.

Ancelotti will sign a 2-year-deal with an option on the third one, earning € 6m per year.

With Sarri on his way to Russian Super League and Ancelotti to Napoli, Chelsea will have a limited choice should they part ways with Antonio Conte as it was rumoured: former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.

An officialstatement from Chelsea read:

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”

Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.

In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.

As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.

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