Maurizio Sarri exit talk hots up as Italian giants hover

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Roma want Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri to replace Claudio Ranieri, claims a report in Italy.

Corriere dello Sport reports that Italian boss is the preferred man to take over in Rome with Ranieri only on a contract until the end of the season.

Roma chief James Pallotta is looking for a new man to lead Roma into a new era and former Napoli chief Sarri has been targeted after they had initially set their sights on former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

Director Franco Baldini apparently sees Sarri as an ideal appointment and has held talks with 60-year-old Sarri, whose time at Stamford Bridge has been far from smooth.

Sarri is facing a struggling to get Chelsea into the top four and they are 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and Blues fans recently started calling for his head.

Earlier this month Sarri responded to fans who chanted for his resignation after their lacklustre 2-1 victory over Cardiff City.

Some Blues fans sang “We want Sarri out” and “you don’t know what you’re doing” at the Italian after the Bluebirds took the lead through Victor Camarasa one minute into the second half.

The visitors ended up snatching all three points, however, with late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealing the win for the West London club.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Sarri stated that he is “getting used” to hearing such chants from his club’s supporters.

“I don’t want to answer, but I can understand the reaction of the fans,” the manager said. “But it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match.

“I am getting used to this and for me, it’s not a big problem. I just have to work to change their opinion. If I win matches, then the fans will be happy.”

Sarri’s struggles have led to talk that Roman Abramovich will call time on Sarri’s time this summer with Watford boss Javi Gracia the latest name to be linked with replacing him.