Serie A players Maurizio Sarri could bring to Chelsea

Tyler Owen
July 13, 2018

The Blues have yet to inform their first-team players who will take pre-season training, which is due to begin next week.

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England in 2016-17 and followed up that achievement with the FA Cup triumph this year, but his relationship with the board became damaged beyond fix, highlighted by his repeated public and private complaints about transfer policy.

Antonio Conte took charge of Chelsea's preseason preparations with a double session at Cobham on Monday, sources have told ESPN FC.

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De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to unveil new coach Ancelotti, said: "The Sarri affair is almost at its conclusion, it all depends on him".

This one is probably more of a dream than a reality for Chelsea fans, but Sarri may be able to force a move through.

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Conte's exit also needs to be formalised, with a possible £9m bill required to remove their Premier League and FA Cup-winning coach.

He had been replaced in Naples by Carlo Ancelotti but not released from his contract, forcing the London club to pay a fee to secure him.

Reports have emerged that the Italian will leave Stamford Bridge and the club have refused to comment on the 48-year-old's future.

Conte - who had a year to run on his contract - is seen to have contributed to his own demise by falling out both with the players and the board as the sheen of the title victory quickly disappeared.

Chelsea's transfer business has been stalled, with the transfer window for Premier League clubs now being set at August 9, giving them four more weeks to bolster their squad.

"It's a very competitive league, between United who'll invest a lot, Chelsea themselves, the always improving Tottenham,'s a very lively league and very open to other clubs".

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