Maurizio Sarri edges closer to Juve move


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Chelsea are understood to have agreed a deal in principle for their manager Maurizio Sarri to join Serie A champions Juventus.

The agreement was reached late Thursday evening after talks between senior officials from both clubs, with a deal set to be confirmed in the coming days.

Juventus will pay Chelsea compensation for the former Napoli boss, with the Italian giants set to fork out a fee in excess of £5million for Sarri.

Sarri only made the move to Stamford Bridge last summer from Napoli and helped Chelsea secure a top-four finish and the Europa League title, while the Blues also reached the League Cup final, losing on penalties to Manchester City.

Despite his success, Sarri failed to truly win over the Chelsea faithful and has now been allowed to return to Italy to take charge of Juve, who parted company with Massimiliano Allegri at the end of last season.

Chelsea are now on the hunt for a new boss and Allegri has been suggested as one option. However, the former AC Milan manager has stated he intends to take a year off and it remains to be seen if he will be tempted by the chance to take charge at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Club legend Frank Lampard has been mooted as a potential target after a strong season with Derby in the Championship last term, while Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo could be a contender.

Chelsea are 21.00 to win the Premier League 2019/20 outright and 3.10 to win their season opener at Manchester United.

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