Sarri wants £88M Koulibaly as first summer Chelsea signing

Maurizio Sarri

Sarri has been mightily impressive with Napoli since his arrival, with the Italian helping the the club very almost win Serie A this season, however they fell just short to eventually champions Juventus by a few points.

The 59-year-old is said to have agreed to a two-year-deal to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, with negations for his release from his contract with Napoli at an advanced stage.

Chelsea strike a "gentleman's agreement" with Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri for him to become the new Blues manager, according to reports from Italy.

Although we have the Europa League to compete in, the Premier League should be our primary focus and if Sarri can do a similar job to what Conte did in his first season with us, we just might have something to celebrate at the end of the campaign.

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Starsport revealed last week Chelsea are trying to claw back a large chunk of Conte's £9m compensation package.

Chelsea have had to pay Napoli a fee for Sarri's services, despite the Serie A club replacing him with Carlo Ancelotti last month.

The Mirror reports that the prospective new Chelsea manager even plans to live at the club's training base at Cobham in Surrey.

He faces a hard task at Chelsea, where a tighter transfer purse and reduced involvement from Roman Abramovich has led to reinforcements which have recently been made up of players considered to be either second or third choice targets of Conte.

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