Chelsea are closing in on appointing Maurizio Sarri as their next manager following his exit from Napoli, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that Antonio Conte is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and the Blues have already moved for his replacement before his confirmed departure.
It is understood that Sarri has agreed personal terms with the Premier League side on a two-year contact, with the option of a third, worth £5.2million-a-year.
The report details that Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is the first player that the incoming Chelsea boss wants to sign if he takes up his first job in English football.
Football Insider verdict:
Chelsea look set to make big changes over the summer after finishing fifth in the Premier League and it seems like Conte will pay for that by losing his job. The Italian has cast a frustrated figure for large spells of the campaign and his ending seems very likely, but he will depart with a Premier League crown and FA Cup triumph in just two seasons. Chelsea fans are desperately searching for some stability after years of turmoil, but churning out managers on a frequent basis has still managed to bring success. Sarri looks to be the next in line to take the manager’s hotseat and his attacking philosophy could seriously shake-up things at the Stamford Bridge. The ex-Napoli boss will bring an exciting brand of football that supporters are craving for, but they may have to sacrifice a couple of years without silverware to see long-term progress. Meanwhile, reported first target Koulibaly certainly ticks all the boxes and looks ready to make the step to the Premier League after impressing in Serie A. The 26-year-old powerhouse certainly has the physical attributes to cope with English football and would stiffen up competition in the Chelsea backline.
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