Deluded Sarri reveals talks with Chelsea board over transfer plans for next season, despite fears he faces the sack

The Italian boss, 60, has been under increasing pressure in recent weeks after a spate of sub-par results.

But Sarri has claimed he's "always relaxed" – and was discussing his summer plans for the Blues while talk of his possible sacking rumbled on.

The Stamford Bridge boss went on to say he is much more content after his side clung on for a 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Sarri said: “I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive.

"When everyone talked about my dismissal, I was talking with the club to plan the team for next season, so I was always relaxed.”

Sarri was indebted to two of his former Napoli stars for the win at Craven Cottage, with Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho getting on the scoresheet.

Even if Sarri does manage to hold on to his job in West London – as he begs for time to implement his "Sarri-ball" style – he may not be able to make any moves this summer.

Chelsea face the impending threat of being slapped with a transfer ban for their approach to signing young players, including Bertrand Traore, over the years.

The Blues face the prospect of being suspended from buying anyone for two transfer windows – but are set to appeal the punishment.

Should they appeal, it's likely Chelsea will be able to make some big-money signings this summer, before then being banned until January 2021.

Either way, Blues chiefs are mulling over whether to keep hold of Sarri – or replace him with out-of-work former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane.

It's been claimed Zizou would be handed a whopping £200million kitty to splash this summer before the ban hits – with the Frenchman happy to take over the club despite the upcoming ban.

Zidane is likely to raid his old team for Isco, as well as launch bids for Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.

But this may all be a moot point for Chelsea, with Fifa making moves to scupper their plan to spend big before the ban hits.

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