It is no longer news that Chelsea FC are looking to hire former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as a replacement for fellow Italian Antonio Conte who is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. However, Napoli haven’t made it any easier for the Stamford Bridge outfit in the pursuit of their man, as Sarri still remains contracted to the Partenopei, although he has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti ahead of next season.
It’s now a no-brainer that Chelsea must pay up some huge sums on the part of Sarri and Antonio Conte before they can land the former. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis appreciated Sarri for his contributions to the Napoli side.
“He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio.”
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However, this was just goodwill as they haven’t made it any easier for Sarri to move away from the club. This has resulted in prolonged negotiations, with reports of Chelsea looking elsewhere for a replacement even emerging, with the likes of Luis Enrique, Laurent Blanc, and Slavisa Jokanovic sounded out.
Chelsea must now pay £5m to prise Sarri away from Napoli as the compensation clause of £7m in the contract has expired. The little amount to be saved in the deal is crucial considering that they’ll have to settle Antonio Conte before Sarri can be appointed.
The club will have to pay Antonio Conte £9.7m to relieve him and his staff of their jobs at Stamford Bridge, and this estimate takes the bill for Chelsea appointing a new manager to almost £16m, and that is beside transfers that must be made this summer to ensure that the likes of Hazard and co choose to remain at the club.