Chelsea reach £9.5m agreement to terminate Antonio Conte and backroom staff's contracts with Maurizio Sarri set to take over

The former Napoli manager is poised to succeed his fellow Italian at Stamford Bridge as he failed to deliver Champions League football after finishing in fifth place last season.


According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea could bring in Sarri by the end of the week as they look ahead to next season.

While club legend Gianfranco Zola will be appointed as Sarri's assistant manager as he returns to West London, as SunSport revealed recently.

They claim that Zola – who is working for South Africa TV as pundit for the World Cup – will cut short his duties and fly back to London on Wednesday.

Despite replacing Sarri with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli want a compensation fee in the region of £3.5m.


Conte's future at Chelsea has been unclear for a number of months, with Laurent Blanc, Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane all being linked to replace him.

Despite the club failing to finish in the top four, Chelsea finished the season on a high after beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

The club are also reportedly in talks with Lyon over the potential signing of midfielder Tanguy N'Dombele, who could replace Paris Saint-Germain target N'Golo Kante.

While another star man who could be on his his way out is Brazilian international Willian, as Manchester United line up a £60m offer for the 29-year-old.

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