Maurizio Sarri, Gianfranco Zola agree deals with Chelsea?

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has not made any major summer signings in the summer transfer window so far because the board is waiting to confirm the new boss at the club. His future has looked uncertain with Chelsea failing to qualify for the coming season's Champions League after finishing fifth.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Sarri over the past two months but previous head coach Antonio Conte was only removed from his position on Friday.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34).

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.


Trophies: Premier League 2016/2017, FA Cup 2018.

Meanwhile, Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson is in talks with the club and could arrive should Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

The former Empoli boss is not known as a big spender which might fit with the slightly more modern Chelsea era of tighter spending. Sarri spent three years at the club and led them to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.

In May, Napoli appointed Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri amid speculation that the latter could take the Chelsea job.

Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.

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