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Maurizio Sarri prepares £140m transfer wishlist for Chelsea spending spree – Exclusive

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Maurizio Sarro has drawn up a £140 million hit list of targets in a massive shake up of the Chelsea squad this summer.
The chain smoking Italian is poised to be named as the new Chelsea manager once contract negotiations with his former club Napoli, where he has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, have been sorted out – and once current boss Antonio Conte has been sacked.

Sarri’s agents are in London this week for talks and the deal is set to be completed in the next few days.

He has already agreed a two year deal with an option for a third with Chelsea, but his extraction from his deal at Napoli has proved complicated and is likely to cost Blues owner Roman Abramovich some £3.5m in compensation.

Sarri though is poised to go back and raid his old club for at least two players, with Napoli striker Dries Mertens, who would cost around £28m top of the list of strikers he wants, Chelsea having cooled their interest in Juventus hit man Gonzalo Higuain due to a £60m price tag.

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Sarri also wants Napoli right back Elseid Hysaj, who would cost around £23m, Juventus centre back Daniele Rugani, at around £20m, Inter Milan’s Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino at £19m, Nice midfielder Jean Seri for £28m, and maybe even Napoli winger Jose Maria Callejon – although last night they looked set to miss out to AC Milan on that move.
It is an impressive list and Chelsea will have to act quickly, with their summer shopping having started much later than any of their rivals, with Sarri’s appointment having taken so long.

But Chelsea will offset that expenditure with several high profile sales in what is set to be a major reshuffling of the Stamford Bridge squad that Conte is leaving, before the start of the new campaign.

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Flop striker Alvaro Morata, valued at around £60m, is wanted by Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

Brazilian forward Willian is a target for former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Italy full back Davide Zappacosta is also set to be sold to Inter, while Brazil defender David Luiz is also a target for Napoli, and midfielder Danny Drinkwater will be allowed to leave.

Sarri tried to sign Rugani while he was at Napoli and is expected to once again try for the highly rated defender.

The former Napoli manager is set to bring ex Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola into his backroom staff, perhaps as Technical Director, but will also recruit his trusted compatriot Giovanni Martusciello, his former no2 at Empoli and currently on the coaching staff at Inter, to his coaching staff.

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Chelsea told to appoint former EPL manager as Sarri’s replacement

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman, has told Chelsea to appoint former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Seaman believes Wenger would be a great choice to replace Sarri at the West London club.

He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie with Malmo on Thursday night.

Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performances.

“Arsene Wenger would be great at Chelsea, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager,” Seaman said on talkSPORT.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think. I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong.”

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Chelsea may sack Sarri if Blues lose Carabao Cup final against Manchester City

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Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of getting sacked as Chelsea manager and could get the boot if they lose the Carabao Cup to Manchester City on Sunday.

There is growing concern among the club’s hierarchy, after a string of bad results and also Sarri’s relationship with the fans.

The Italian now appears to be a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge and is running out of time as they face Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night, Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday and then Tottenham next Wednesday.

Chelsea fans chanted for Frank Lampard on Monday night but the Derby boss is in his first season and may be unsure about the task ahead.

Juventus boss Max Allegri could be a big-name alternative, but Zinedine Zidane’s chances are not helped by his poor English.

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Chelsea officials in talks over Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge

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Maurizio Sarri is on the brink at Chelsea following a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup last night.

And senior officials at the club have met to discuss the future of the Italian at Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports claim Chelsea are very concerned about recent results and performances under Sarri.

The fans booing the team off last night has forced officials at the club to consider the future of the former Napoli boss although no decision has been made.

Chelsea have dropped down to sixth in the Premier League following a series of poor displays and are now out of the FA Cup as well.
The Blues lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the top flight increasing the pressure on Sarri.

And the 2-0 win for Manchester United last night thanks to Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba has pushed him closer to the sack.

Sarri admitted his concern at recent performances following the loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“I am worried about the result not our fans,” he said.

“Of course I can understand their frustration. The result was not very good. We are out of the FA Cup.
“We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half I think we played well.

“We need more aggression and more determination in the situations inside our own box and inside the opposition box. The difference was there.”

Before the match Gianfranco Zola urged Chelsea to give Sarri time in charge though.

“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said.
“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.

“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’

“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”

Chelsea return to action against Malmo on Thursday in the Europa League.

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