Reports in Italy claim Maurizio Sarri has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for today, as Chelsea still have no deal with Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis on his release clause.
It was reported yesterday that the Partenopei had agreed to finally release the Coach from his contract, for a fee of around €5m.
That would have seen Sarri fly out to the U.K today to sign a two-year contract with an option for a third to be announced once Antonio Conte’s deal is resolved.
However, speaking on Radio CRC Premium Sport Naples based journalist Raffaele Auriemma expressed his doubts upon the deal.
According to him, Sarri has been advised by his lawyers not to fly to London today, because that could spark legal action from Napoli.
The issue is that while there may be a basic agreement on €5m, it is De Laurentiis who must receive offers from Chelsea, not the sporting director or anyone else.
It appears that hasn’t happened, so everything is on hold until the chairman gives the go-ahead.