Chelsea agree terms with Antonio Conte’s successor

Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of announcing Maurizio Sarri as their next head coach. The 59-year-old is expected to replace compatriot Antonio Conte, who will be relieved by the Blues despite winning two trophies in the last two seasons.

According to Football.London, the Blues appear to have made progress towards signing Sarri after they initially refused to pay the £7m buy-out clause in his Napoli contract. The source has not revealed any sort of compensation with Napoli but Sarri is being tipped to become the next Blues boss in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the move is likely to force Chelsea settle on a severance package with Antonio Conte, who has yet to receive a job offer elsewhere. The west London outfit will have to cough up a fee of around £9m for the final year of their manager’s contract, but this could change, should Real Madrid make an approach.

Los Blancos have surprisingly emerged as contenders to sign Conte following Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation but the Italian does not seem entirely keen on the move. The European champions have witnessed the average age of their first XI increase by the campaign and Conte’s desire for a major overhaul may not be obliged by club president Florentino Perez.

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