Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Luis Enrique's Chelsea hopes boosted after Maurizio Sarri talks with Napoli

Luis Enrique's Chelsea hopes boosted after Maurizio Sarri talks with Napoli

They finished fifth, five points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot, with Conte having appeared a far different entity this season from the enigmatic tactician who led the London club to the league a year ago.

A fee of €8m would have been required by Chelsea to relieve Sarri of his previous contract with Napoli that was due to expire in 2020.

According to the Telegraph, Sarri is now expected to sign a new contract after a meeting with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Wednesday, was reported to have gone well.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea applauds fans after the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on April 19, 2018 in Burnley, England.

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Their new settlement is a big blow to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea ought to they elect to - as is anticipated - half methods with present supervisor Conte this summer time.

Conte has been linked with Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane's position looks more secure than earlier in the season with the club just one victory away from a third straight Champions League win.

That would make Sarri, 59, the highest paid manager in Serie A after Juventus boss Max Allegri. However, the Italian has ruled himself out of contention for either position out of loyalty to his current employers.

The Blues face Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

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