Sarri set to raid Napoli after Chelsea appointment

Maurizio Sarri

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The Sun says Chelsea are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new boss after reaching a £9.5million agreement to terminate the contracts of Conte and his backroom staff.

Maurizio Sarri is close to becoming Chelsea's new manager. After Chelsea's 5th place finish, it is evident that Conte's leadership has made the club boring and lifeless.

Sky Sports is reporting that the Italian manager's representatives have touched down in the capital to complete a deal for him to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer.

"I'm disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach (Carlo Ancelotti)".

"I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he's a nice coach".

"When a person like this comes, he needs time". So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

Mertens enjoyed a stunning turnaround in his productivity under the tutelage of Sarri, who was inspired in the player's transformation into a prolific striker from a mercurial winger. I think Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football he plays.

The report claims that Conte had tried to sign Mertens in the last two years but the Chelsea board did not allow the deal as they believed the Napoli star was too old and costly.

The highly-rated 23-year-old is already thought to have been offered, and agreed, a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge that would net him around €3.5m (£3m) a season - equivalent to just over £50,000-a-week.

Mertens starred under Sarri last season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions for the Serie A side as they finished second behind Juventus.

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