Roman Abramovich eyes Serie A manager as replacement of Antonio Conte

March 4, 2018

According to the Italian media sources, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has set his sights on Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Antonio Conte has endured a difficult second season at west London club after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title last campaign.

The Blues sit fourth in the table and 19 points behind the Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The 48-year-old Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. And according to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roman Abramovich has targeted Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri as Conte’s successor.

The Russian oligarch is reportedly willing to trigger the Sarri’s £7m release clause at Napoli.

The 59-year-old was named Napoli boss in the summer of 2015 following the exit of Rafa Benitez and has taken them to top of the Serie A table.

Chelsea will have to move fast if they are to secure Sarri’s services though, with the club desperate to tie him down to a new contract.

The Italian is reportedly set to sit down with president Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss his future.

De Laurentiis said: “I’d be really sorry if he’d leave at the end of the season. I can’t force him to stay at Napoli, he has a release clause and we have to accept this. I’d really like to cancel his release clause in the future.”