Football’s worst kept secret is about to be confirmed with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirming that Maurizio Sarri is in final negotiations with the club as he edges closer to taking charge at Chelsea, says the Serie A club’s president.
By SportBrief Reporter
Chelsea’s deal to bring Sarri had become somewhat confusing after Antonio Conte, the man who Sarri was set to replace, took charge of Chelsea’s pre-season training at the weekend, despite speculation over his future.
This then followed revelation that although Sarri had held talks with Chelsea, he remains contracted to Napoli, even though the club have already replaced him with Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the Serie A club’s president has confirmed that Sarri is in the process of leaving for Chelsea.
“We are in the finishing line,” said Aurelio de Laurentiis. “Now it depends on [Sarri] and Chelsea.”
“The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers.”
Italian Sarri, 59, joined Napoli in 2015 and led them to second behind champions Juventus last season.
Conte, 48, has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year of his deal.
This would be reduced if the former Italy and Juventus coach got another job, but most of the vacancies he would be interested in have now been filled.
Conte won the Premier League in his first season at the club in 2017, and the FA Cup in May this year.