Chelsea are set to allow Maurizio Sarri to leave the club and be the new Juventus manager, with the Italian set to agree a three-year deal with the Italian champions.
According to The Guardian, Chelsea have made peace with the fact that they are set to lose Maurizio Sarri to Juventus. The Europa League winners are now set to allow Sarri to leave for Juventus, with whom the Italian will sign a three-year deal to be their new manager.
With Chelsea giving the all-clear, Sarri is likely to be Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement at Juventus. Interestingly, the former Juventus manager has been linked with an interest in the Chelsea job, with reports stating that the Italian is set to take English lessons with an eye to a job in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri’s arrival was met with stark enthusiasm, mainly due to his gung-ho tactical style that yielded success on the pitch for Napoli. The season though, has been a topsy-turvy one, what with the forwards misfiring and the players not being able to completely adapt to Sarri-ball.
Despite the incident-filled season, Sarri ended the season on a positive note, leading Chelsea to third on the Premier League table while also grabbing his first major trophy of his managerial career as the club beat Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final.
There were earlier reports of Chelsea being prepared to axe Sarri. But, after a positive end to the season with a trophy and Champions League football secured, Chelsea were ready to stick with the Italian manager, especially with a transfer ban looming large over their club.
But, the vacancy at Juventus piqued Sarri’s interest. The manager has served in Italy without a trophy to his name and is likely to have been enticed to be able to compete for top honours in his homeland while also returning to a league where he was revered compared to the Premier League where the media has often crucified him.
Also, Juventus have emerged a financially stronger club when compared to Chelsea as far as transfer budgets are concerned in the recent few years. With Sarri tasting success for the first time, the Italian is likely to have developed a thirst for more and Juventus deemed the Chelsea manager to be the perfect fit, especially with his brand of football, identity and experience in Serie A.
The news will unlikely go down well with Napoli fans. Sarri was seen as a hero by the faithfuls. But, his move to Juventus will earn some ire. Although, it seems like Sarri is prepared to face the wrath of his former club and their fans as he is set to agree a three-year deal with Juventus.
Chelsea have been linked with several names including former player Frank Lampard and it will be interesting to see who takes up the job, which will be a challenging one, especially if the transfer ban doesn’t get reversed or frozen.