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Chelsea strike gentlemen's agreement with Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri

12 July 2018

Maurizio Sarri is claimed to be a fan of the Spaniard and the former Napoli boss is reportedly planning to take him to Chelsea with him during the ongoing window.

Chelsea have "struck a gentleman's agreement" with Maurizio Sarri for him to become their new manager, according to reports from Italy.

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Chelsea are believed to be forking out around £4.5million to release Sarri from his current club Napoli, after disputes about contracts slowed down transfer activity.

Chelsea are yet to announce the departure of Antonio Conte who won the FA Cup title last season, and this must be done before a new man will be announced as his replacement.

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He will replace Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge dugout. Napoli replaced the Italian with his fellow countryman Carlo Ancelotti last month, but he remains contracted to the Naples club and while we know that his compensation clause was previously £7m, this figure is now thought to have been halved.

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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Oddly, the report also says Sarri will move into Chelsea's Cobham training ground rather than finding somewhere to live in the city.

Chelsea strike gentlemen's agreement with Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri