Sarri agrees terms with Chelsea to succeed Conte

Sarri agrees terms with Chelsea to succeed Conte

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the London outfit said on their website.

As he was still in the final year of a three-season contract, Conte is due a £9m payoff which the club will contest.

Chelsea are also closing in on their first major summer signing of the transfer window, with Napoli midfielder Jorginho set to follow his former manager to the Premier League club.

And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend. "In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game season".

Sarri's regular brushes with Italy's football authorities had looked likely to cost him the chance of becoming Chelsea's next manager earlier this summer.

Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.

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The former Empoli boss is not known as a big spender which might fit with the slightly more modern Chelsea era of tighter spending. "Good luck for the future".

The Italian had two contrasting campaigns at the helm as he over a team that finished 10th in the Premier League as defending champions and turned them around immediately to reclaim the title in 2016/17.

The summer of 2017 saw captain Terry leave Chelsea after 22 years, while Diego Costa was told by text message that he was no longer in Conte's plans and he eventually completed a protracted move back to Atletico Madrid in January.

The Italian coach fell out with the Chelsea board last season and was adamant that he would receive his full £9m compensation fee. And the club now has less than a month for their new manager to make an impact before their Premier League opener away at Huddersfield on 11 August.

While no official announcement has been made from either Chelsea or Napoli, Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to pay his respects toward Conte.

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