Chelsea lining up Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte replacement

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as the man to replace under fire manager Antonio Conte at the end of the season, according to reports from the Mirror.


Despite winning the Premier League with the Blues last term, Chelsea have endured an underwhelming season so far under Antonio Conte.


Meanwhile, following a poor title defence, the west London club sit fifth on the log and are on the brink of missing out of the Champions League for the second time in three years after falling ten points adrift rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for fourth place.


Although, the Blues can still salvage their season by winning the FA Cup, but with Conte set to leave at the end of the season after falling out with the Chelsea board and the Premier League champions set for a revamp in the summer, bringing in Maurizio Sarri as his successor makes perfect sense.


His work at Napoli hasn’t gone unnoticed since he took over the reins at the Stadio San Paolo due to his exciting and attacking brand of football.


The 59-year-old has helped his side challenged the dominance of Juventus in the Serie A so far this season by pushing the Old Lady hard in the title race, they currently sit second on the log and trail the Serie A leaders by just four points and with seven games to go he could end Juventus dominance by guiding the Naples to their first Serie A title in 28 years.


It is believed the Italian tactician have a release clause of £7 million in his existing contract of which is valid until May 31, although talks over a new deal has stalled over the last few weeks.


However,  reports suggest that Sarri won’t make a decision on his future until the title deciding clash against Juventus next weekend.


Should Sarri decide to stay put at Napoli, former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is also on the Blues wishlist to replace Conte at the end of the season.

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