Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea, a story that could begin at the end of this campaign, but only at one condition: Roman Abramovich will have to pay the Italian coach release clause to appoint him.
In fact, according to our sources close to SS Napoli, the Italian side will let the manager who led them to almost win the Scudetto this season go only if the club that would like to sign him will pay the € 8m ( £ 6.5m ) release clause.
This clause, anyway, is valid only until the end of this month, after that the destiny of Sarri will completely be in the hands of Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, that last week revealed he is going to meet the former Empoli boss in the next days to speak about his future.
Should Sarri force his way out of Napoli after the end of May, when the clause won’t be no longer valid, he would have to negotiate his exit with his current club: De Laurentiis, who’s got a strong personality and pride, could even choose to keep him under contract without giving him the responsibility of the first team, our sources revealed.
That’s why De Laurentiis and Sarri are going to try to find a friendly solution about their future during the meeting they will have this week, with the manager who could eventually decide also to remain at Napoli.
What is certain, it’s that Napoli demands the release clause to be paid to let him go.
Meanwhile, Chelsea would have to find a mean to part ways with Antonio Conte, that has still got a year of contract at Stamford Bridge.