Chelsea have agreed a compensation deal worth in excess of £5million for manager Maurizio Sarri to join Juventus, according to reports. The 60-year-old will reportedly sign a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the Italian giants, with an announcement expected as early as Friday.
Sarri only joined Chelsea last summer after three years at Napoli, replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte. He guided the Blues to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League but still endured a tough campaign at Stamford Bridge, with fans not convinced by his style of play.
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Chelsea also reached the Carabao Cup final, losing to Manchester City in a match overshadowed by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to be substituted before the penalty shoot-out. It appears Sarri has now opted to return to Italy and take over at Juve, the Serie A champions for the last eight seasons, who parted company with Allegri this summer.
Allegri, 51, had been linked with the Chelsea job but announced on Thursday he would be taking a year off to “recharge his batteries”. Former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard, who led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager, is the favourite to land the role. Should he get the job, the 40-year-old would become Chelsea’s first permanent English manager in 23 years.