Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Antonio Conte set to depart Chelsea

Chelsea next manager GETTYChelsea next manager Maurizio Sarri is closing in on the Chelsea job
Sidney Guerrero | 14 July, 2018, 02:52

The Premier League outfit is yet to make a statement on the speculation but is believed to be preparing to install former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as his successor.

Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract.

He would have frozen out David Luiz, Willian and others, while Chelsea feared that Eden Hazard would not sign a new contract if Conte stayed on and were anxious by his relationship with key players.

While analysing Kevin De Bruyne's performances for Belgium, Fabregas claimed that he himself had been "a bit more restricted" by a more disciplined role at Chelsea over the last two years. I've laid down my conditions.

"For that, I'll have to apologise to Manchester City". The midfielder prefers to live in London according to Napoli chief.

"I'd agreed a deal with them a fortnight ago, resolving various issues, but the player prefers London to Manchester and I can understand him, and then Chelsea are going to pay him more so I can understand him even more and I can't do anything about it".

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Meanwhile, new Real boss Julen Lopetegui is said to be keen on taking Valencia attacker Rodrigo Moreno back to the Bernabeu. It is understood that Real are big fans of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

"Jorginho and Sarri together again?"

Conte's departure from the club had been delayed with the Blues working out a compensation package for the Italian, who had one year remaining on his contract.

Chelsea still need to reach an agreement to terminate the final year of Conte's contract, which is worth??9 million, but that increasingly appears to be a formality.

"Jorginho joining Chelsea does not depend on Sarri [joining Chelsea]", concluded De Laurentiis.

The 59-year-old was in charge of the Naples side between 2015-18 and was named Serie A manager of the year in 2016-17.

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.

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