The former Napoli boss will replace Antonio Conte
Chelsea are set to announce Maurizio Sarri as their new manager next week.
The club’s non-World Cup players return for pre-season training on July 9th, a week on Monday, and the Blues want their new man unveiled by then.
The former Napoli boss is preparing to finally succeed Antonio Conte after months of uncertainty and instability at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s players have been left in the dark over who their boss will be next season, but there is a feeling among the squad they will return to work under Sarri or Conte, rather than anybody else.
According to the Telegraph, the Blues have held talks with Aleksandr Golovin, Alisson and Daniele Rugani, all of whom are rated highly by Sarri.
Whereas Conte is not understood to have been involved in any talks with the club over transfers.
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The west London club are reluctant to pay Conte off with his compensation package worth around £9million if he doesn’t work for the 12 months remaining on his contract.
Conte has even prepared a rigorous pre-season schedule for the players just in case he remains in charge next season, according to The Sun.