Chelsea set to announce the departure of former Italy manager

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Chelsea are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as head coach after finally dismissing Antonio Conte.

The Italian had two contrasting campaigns at the helm and has now vacated his post.

Conte's future with the Roman Abramovich-owned club has looked uncertain for months, however, with the West Londoners failing to qualify for the coming season's Champions League after finishing fifth in 2017-18.

That success was helped by prolific striker Diego Costa, who scored 20 goals and provided eight assists.

Conte's number has been up for sometime but wrangling over a compensation figure has held up his departure from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas apologised after committing a social media blunder in the aftermath of manager Antonio Conte's exit from Stamford Bridge.

Sarri, 59, guided Napoli to second place in Serie A in back-to-back seasons. "Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri".

Jorginho is a big coup for Chelsea.

Sarri is believed to have agreed to bring former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola - whose managerial career has stalled after a series of failures - along as one of his backroom staff.

Sarri is expected to be in charge of Chelsea's pre-season training camp in Australia.

Could any returning loanees feature?

Jorginho's arrival will belatedly kickstart the club's summer transfer business, with Daniele Rugani and Aleksandr Golovin to follow from Juventus and CSKA Moscow respectively.

Having impressed in his cameo appearances for England at the World Cup, Loftus-Cheek will be well aware that his stock is high and negotiating position strong.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

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