Chelsea’s frustrations may soon be over after news emerged that Napoli are ready and willing to reduce their asking price for their former manager Maurizio Sarri to £4.5 million, so as to get their ex-boss off their books and ensure his exit – according to the Mirror.
In a unique situation, Napoli still employ Maurizio Sarri to a contract despite moving out of the managerial position to make way for Carlo Ancelotti. Having refused to meet an €8 million fee, a more agreeable £4.5 million might speed up the deal to have Sarri replace Antonio Conte.
The Metro via Italian news source Calciomercato state that Maurizio Sarri has already dropped a couple of defensive acquisitions he wants Chelsea to rubber stamp upon his arrival, with the defence seemingly set to be revamped ahead of the new season.
The first name linked is current Napoli and former Real Madrid and Valencia defender Raul Albiol, who at 32-years old, and equipped with a €6 million release-clause would likely prove no bother for Chelsea to get moving quickly to bring in this summer.
The second name mentioned might prove a little more difficult to bring in – Daniele Rugani at Juventus. The 23-year old made just two Champions League appearances on the Turin giants eventual exit in the quarter-finals to Real Madrid. Sarri and Rugani worked together during the pairs spell at Italian side Empoli.
The Metro state that Maurizio Sarri tried to buy Daniele Rugani while at Napoli but Juventus were reluctant to sell to a direct rival at the time.
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