Former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri reacts during the Seria A match between Florentina and Napoli on April at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy. Photo: Collected Photo: Collected

Chelsea are close to securing a deal for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte as manager, according to the Italian club Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Conte won the Premier League with Chelsea in his first season after joining in 2016. However, his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain as, despite winning the FA Cup, they finished fifth in the last campaign and failed to qualify for the Champions League. The Blues have been in a state of flux since the start of the summer with current boss Antonio Conte’s future in uncertain territory as the club have looked to secure the signature of his Italian counterpart. Despite his success, Sarri will now replace Conte in the coming weeks as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms his lawyers are sorting out the details of his transfer to Chelsea.
“Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager,” De Laurentiis told reporters during the unveiling of new Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti. “My lawyers are in talks with his (Sarri) lawyers to finalise everything.”
Sarri was replaced by Ancelotti in May with the Naples club seeking to end Juventus’ dominance in the league.
The 59-year-old Sarri led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge at the club.Chelsea declined to comment on the issue when contacted by Reuters. Conte has one year remaining on his current contract and has already taken charge of the club’s pre-season preparations at their Cobham training ground.
Chelsea have been in ongoing negotiations with Sarri and Napoli for months now but were unable to agree a compensation package, though that stumbling block no longer appears to be an issue with the clubs finally agreeing terms.