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Chelsea sack Antonio Conte 7 hours ago

14 July 2018

After months of speculation, it looks like Chelsea will finally replace Antonio Conte with Napoli's Maurizio Sarri, after comments made by the Italian club's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

A legal battle is looming between Antonio Conte and Chelsea after the Premier League club sacked the Italian tactician. The Italian clashed with the higher ups over transfer spending policies, and given the extremely itchy trigger finger of owner Roman Abramovich, it was inevitable that Conte's days were numbered.

Conte, 38, joined Chelsea in August of 2016 after two years in charge of the Azzurri. They eventually stuttered to a fifth-placed finish in the league, which has led to Conte's departure even though he did clinch the FA Cup title.

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The Telegraph is reporting that Chelsea are going to pay £50 million to take Sarri and midfielder Jorginho to Stamford Bridge.

In his first season in charge, Chelsea set a wins record with 30, finishing atop the Premier League table, comfortably ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second place.

Real Madrid are believed to be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer with Courtois on their wishlist alongside Roma's Alisson.

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He will cost big money for Chelsea though.

Napoli's style won the hearts of many neutrals for their quick, one-touch possession-based style that dazzled many fans. Golovin is technical, energetic and versatile, three attributes that would stand him in good stead under Sarri.

Could any returning loanees feature?

Higuain is keen to make the move from Juventus to Chelsea and become their main man, as the Chelsea board seem to lose faith with Alvaro Morata in front of goal. There is a chance that an interest may be reignited with Sarri's arrival though, as he has been such a crucial part of his Napoli team over the past few seasons.

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Chelsea sack Antonio Conte 7 hours ago