Conte out at Chelsea

13 July, 2018, 06:48 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Conte's firing imminent as Sarri waits in the wings

The Blues have yet to inform their first-team players who will take pre-season training which will begin next week.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season at the club in 2017, and the FA Cup in May this year.

Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that Chelsea is close to completing a €65million (£57.5m) combined deal to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and sign Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho.

Chelsea could well find themselves stuck with unwanted manager Antonio Conte for the forthcoming 2018/19 season as a result of the ongoing contractual difficulties of replacing him.

Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea has been spoken about so much that it seems like a done deal. Sarri will look to transform Chelsea to a possession-based side and Jorginho will be pivotal to that change. In addition, De Laurentiis wants a contract stipulation stating Chelsea will not plunder any of Napoli's players.

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Ironically, it was Conte who handed Jorginho, holder of Italian and Brazilian passports, his first global cap for Italy in March 2016. The Italian pass-master was a key cog in Sarri's machine at Napoli and Chelsea have beaten competition from Manchester City to his signing to the tune of £50m.

De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to unveil new coach Ancelotti, said: "The Sarri affair is almost at its conclusion, it all depends on him".

Meanwhile, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC that Chelsea are set to hand highly rated midfielder Mason Mount a new deal before sending him on loan to Derby.

They finished second twice in three campaigns and last season took champions Juve down to the final weeks, only to fall away after a 3-0 collapse at Fiorentina at the end of April.

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to West London, but Chelsea still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

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