Chelsea Have 48 Hours To Secure Sarri Deal

Abramovich Ready To Turn Back To Conte

Maurizio Sarri Chelsea
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the club’s directors 48 hours to confirm Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as manager or he will recall current boss Antonio Conte.

Sarri was sacked by Napoli at the end of last season, but he remains under contract with the Serie A side and there is a release clause in his agreement with the club.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea have been told to pay Napoli a compensation fee of €8million (£7.1million) if they want to appoint Sarri as their new manager. The Premier League club are only willing to go as high as €4-5million (£3.5-4.4million).

Chelsea now have three options. Firstly, they could meet Napoli’s demands and pay the €8million. Secondly, they could pay slightly increased prices for two of the Serie A side’s players that they are interested in: 24-year-old defender Elseid Hysaj and 31-year-old forward Jose Callejon.

But the third option Chelsea have is to revert back to Antonio Conte. His exit from Stamford Bridge has yet to be confirmed and he is still under contract at Chelsea. After a season in which he won the FA Cup with the club but failed to get into the Champions League he appeared to be on his way out. But the Blues’ inability to get the Sarri appointment over the line has left him in limbo.

There is a board meeting at Chelsea on 8 July. Owner Roman Abramovich wants the Sarri situation done and dusted by then. Or Conte will see out the final year of his contract with the club.