Chelsea have set their sights on Napoli boss Mauricio Sarri as the heir to Antonio Conte, according to reports in Italy.
According to 7 Gold television, representatives of Chelsea are working towards presenting an official offer for the highly-rated Serie A manager.
There are rumours of a dressing room rift between the Blues players and Conte, and the Italian coach could leave at the end of the season or sooner.
They claim that Sarri has a release clause in his contract with Napoli worth €7.5m-a-season, but Chelsea see this as no obstacle and are ready to offer up a salary worth €12m per year.
Sarri has attracted a range of plaudits for his brand of football, nicknamed ‘Sarrismo’, with even Pep Guardiola claiming they were “one of the best teams I have ever faced, as a player and a Coach.”
Napoli are currently second in the Serie A table with a game-in-hand on first-placed Inter, having earned eight wins out of nine to kick off the season.