Maurizio Sarri is poised to return to Italy to join Juventus on a three-year contract after securing his departure from Chelsea, according to The Guardian.
The paper reports that Sarri’s agent Fali Ramadani spent Friday meeting with Chelsea officials in a bid to secure Sarri’s release from Stamford Bridge – just 11 months after arriving from Napoli.
The 60-year-old earlier this week revealed that the “call of home is strong” and that has proved too much to resist for Sarri, who is all set to take up the post at Serie A champions Juventus.
The report claims Juve are confident they will not have to pay a fee for Sarri – meaning an amicable settlement has been agreed with the Chelsea board.
Sarri had a difficult first season in English football despite qualifying for next season’s Champions League and beating Arsenal in the final of the Europa League.
The news broke on a huge day at Stamford Bridge as Eden Hazard completed a move to Real Madrid which could net the Blues as much as £150million,while the club are also facing a two-window transfer ban from FIFA.
The Guardian claim five names are in the frame to replace Sarri, who penned a three-year deal last July.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Javi Gracia of Watford, the out-of-work Laurent Blanc, who was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, andall-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard, who led Derby to the Championship play-off final.