Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Chelse strike deal for Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri and midfielder Jorginho

Chelse strike deal for Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri and midfielder Jorginho

One player that Sarri hasn't worked with but who has been linked with a move to Chelsea is Russian star Alexandr Golovin off the back of an excellent European campaign last season followed by an exceptional World Cup for the hosts.

It had been expected that Chelsea would replace Conte with Napoli's Maurizio Sarri, and this became even more likely when Napoli went and replaced Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti.

And Omnisport understands Conte was present at Cobham on Monday as Chelsea got their preparations for the 2018-19 season underway.

Chelsea are also thought to be also close to signing Jorginho from Napoli, seemingly beating Man City to the Italy international's signature.

Confirming Chelsea are close to finally making a breakthrough, De Laurentiis said: "The Sarri deal is in the home stretch, it depends on him".

"I would hope that, should Sarri move to London, they will let him do his job, which means planning and organisation leading to constant improvement in the players".

The Blues are set to butt in for Napoli superstar Jorginho, who was initially set to join Manchester City.

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It's been a frustrating summer for Chelsea fans thus far, as after missing out on Champions League football, they've yet to see any reinforcements arrive.

The Premier League and FA Cup winning boss has steadfastly refused to resign his position, meaning that the club has no choice but to prematurely terminate his contract if they want rid.

That's not to mention the fact that Conte boasts the best win percentage (65.1%) of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League era.

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.

Reports have emerged that the Italian will leave Stamford Bridge and the club have refused to comment on the 48-year-old's future.

Sarri spent three seasons in charge of Napoli but was unable to wrestle the title from Juventus, finishing fifth, second and third.

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