Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Chelsea and Antonio Conte Set For Legal Battle

Jorginho GETTY Jorginho has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A last season
Kristopher Love | 14 July, 2018, 13:51

May's FA Cup final success means Conte - who managed Juventus from 2011 to 2014 - has won a major trophy in each of his last five seasons as a club manager.

Carlo Ancelotti replaced Sarri as Napoli coach following the end of the season, with a Chelsea move having been on the cards since Conte's relationship with the club's senior management turned sour in 2017-18. The president of the Italian club, Aurelio De Laurentis, has previously revealed that the player prefers the London club over Manchester City.

Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy global midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract. Jorginho? We said to ourselves, "If Jorginho has any requests, we'll take them into account".

Conte had always been tipped for the chop this summer and Chelsea had been negotiating for several weeks with Napoli in an effort to appoint Maurizio Sarri as his successor.

"For that, I'll have to apologise to Manchester City". However, if the player would rather live in London than Manchester, I can understand that.

He added that his agreement for the sale of Jorginho with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was in place "irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of Chelsea".

Juventus' recent dominance of the Italian top flight was nearly ended by Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side last season.

In a summer of heavy spending, he brought the enigmatic David Luiz back to Chelsea for an eye-watering fee, before splashing out on Leicester's midfield maestro N'Golo Kante.