There are indications that Chelsea must pay up if they want Maurizio Sarri to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge. Napoli have insisted that the Blues must meet the £7m release clause for the Italian tactician which expires tomorrow (May 31) or risk paying a bigger fee via negotiations.
Sarri has two years left in his contract with Napoli worth £1.2 millon a year, and it is being suggested that the club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis could decide to keep him under contract regardless of the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.
“There has been no contact — no one has called me,” De Laurentiis said. “This was a clause put in his contract when it was renewed, and his salary increased, so now it is going to be paid.
“I don’t give discounts to some and others not. I cannot give discounts to the fans — I have to defend them. The clause defends my choices. When I modify a contract, it is with agreement. You are asking me for more money? I inserted the clause, but you have to honour it because you have taken the money. Now the clause is not valid? I don’t like this one-sided idea.”
Chelsea are likely to dismiss Conte and the Italian wants to receive the full payoff of 9m which was agreed in the revised contract he signed with the club last summer.