Serie A giants Napoli are ready to decrease their valuation of head coach Maurizio Sarri, who is courted by Chelsea.
Latest reports from Mirror claim that Chelsea could move closer to signing Maurizio Sarri as manager after receiving a boost in the pursuit of the Italian mastermind this week. Napoli are willing to drop the price for the 59-year-old, who has attracted the interest of several top clubs around Europe this summer.
Sarri, though, still has a two-year contract at the Naples club. But that being said, Napoli have already appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach. The Ciucciarelli, are thus entitled to pay Sarri for the next two years, after negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Zenit St. Petersburg fell through earlier this summer.
This could be a huge boost for Chelsea, who unlike other top clubs, are yet to solve their managerial problems. Current boss Antonio Conte is tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, following a disappointing season. And after deals with Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique ran into troubled waters, Sarri remains Chelsea’s last best hope to secure a top-class coach, who can resurrect the Premier League giants next season. In fact, English media are now certain that the Italian mastermind is destined to become the next Chelsea manager.
Touted as one of the most influential managers in not just Europe, but also in world football, Sarri could be an excellent addition to Chelsea. Throughout the last few years, his football wisdom and highly revered tactical philosophy have breathed new life into a Napoli side, who almost managed to topple perennial top-dogs Juventus in the Serie A last season.
In addition, Sarri has also managed to transform a host of fringe players into world-class individuals, who have all been an integral part of Napoli’s success. The likes of Dries Mertens, Elseid Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly amongst many others have seen a tremendous improvement in the past couple of seasons, all thanks to the Italian.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are expected to undergo a major overhaul this summer. The Blues have not only failed to defend their title but also failed to qualify for the Champions League, which is clearly unsatisfactory for a club as big as theirs. Therefore, this appointment could appear as a sign of relief for the fans and club officials alike, following months of speculation regarding the managerial spot.
The Italian will undoubtedly play a key role in Chelsea’s renaissance as they to look to rise to the peak of English football next season. The fact that they have failed to qualify for the Champions League may actually be a blessing for the Londoners, as it will offer Sarri more time to lay down his philosophy at his new club whilst also giving his side an opportunity to participate in a less competitive UEFA Europa League.