Fresh reports say Maurizio Sarri will ask Chelsea to sign a number of Napoli players if the Italian succeeds his fellow countryman Antonio Conte as coach.
Although Conte is still the boss, rumours in Italy persists that Sarri’s representatives have held talks with the west London club over a two-year deal, according to Eveningstandard
There are suggestions that the 59-year-old’s agent, Alessandro Pellegrini, and intermediary, Fali Ramadani, met Chelsea officials for seven hours yesterday and more discussions were held today. However, there has been no confirmation from the club that such talks took place.
Even though Sarri has been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti, the Serie A club claim he is still under contract and a £7million release clause are still valid until the end of the month. Sarri refused accepting an offer from Zenit St Petersburg believing that Chelsea will land him a job. He is already compiling a list of transfer targets from Napoli.
He intends to secure right-back Elseid Hysaj, midfielder Piotr Zielinski and 32-year-old defender Raul Albiol if he eventually takes charge of the Blues. All three have release clauses worth £44m, £57m and £5.2m respectively. Sarri would probably recommend that they move for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who Chelsea failed to sign in 2016, while Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who is in talks with Manchester City, would prefer to land himself in Chelsea.
There will be enough money to invest in new stars, Chelsea are eager to follow Financial Fair Play rules.