Chelsea Set To Seal €65m Deal For Maurizio Sarri And Jorginho

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The 46-year-old managed Empoli in the 2016/17 season but could not do enough to prevent the Italian minnows from succumbing to relegation from Serie A.

The Italian boss joined Chelsea in 2016 and led them to the league title in his debut season along with an FA Cup triumph last campaign.

Chelsea finally ended speculation over Antonio Conte's future by sacking the Italian manager on Thursday afternoon.

Chelsea are also closing in on their first major summer signing of the transfer window, with Napoli midfielder Jorginho set to follow his former manager to the Premier League club.

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.

When asked about the prospect of the attacker moving to Real, Martinez said: 'He can play for any demanding team in the world'.

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Until recently, Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea in the same sentence was not something we would have expected to see.

But Goal understands that Conte now no longer in charge at Stamford Bridge, and that he wants a £9 million ($12m) severance package as compensation.

Former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to take over, with the club's top-flight opener a little over four weeks away.

Media reports also portrayed a man at odds with director Marina Granovskaia, one of Russian owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted employees, following November's surprise departure of transfer chief Michael Emenalo. This text will now form the basis of Chelsea's evidence against their former manager.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow´s Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.