Chelsea have sacked Italian manager Antonio Conte with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is set to be appointed as his fellow countryman’s replacement.
Conte has guided the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge, but he has not been successful last season.
Chelsea have missed out on the top four finish and now the former Juventus boss was dismissed after months of uncertainty at West London side.
Meanwhile, official confirmation is yet to be announced but Conte is understood to have said goodbye to staff at Cobham training ground on Thursday morning.
On the other hand, Sarri’s arrival should not take long, but Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani said: “There is a lot happening at the moment.”
“There was a meeting in Rome at the offices of De Laurentiis, without Sarri. We exchanged views with the English club and the coach’s lawyers: this matter is 10 times more complicated compared to when he arrived.”
“The issue is there are so many clauses that De Laurentiis is looking after personally. He wants to leave nothing to chance for the rest of the years that Sarri will be on the Chelsea bench, assuming that should happen.”
“These are dynamics that we have been facing and should be concluded by the end of the week, but it is still a work in progress.
“Let’s just say that there is a pact of non-belligerence on the transfer market, we can call it that.”
Conte joined the Blues in the summer of 2016 after a two-year spell with Italy national team. The 48-year-old has managed to win the Premier League title in his debut season and FA Cup following a 1–0 victory over Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup Final.