Chelsea 'sack manager Antonio Conte' - Sky Italia - Premier League 2018

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2018

Despite winning the FA Cup, the 2017/18 campaign was calamitous for Chelsea as they finished fifth and missed out on Champions League football.

Conte was appointed as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2016, leaving his role as Italy head coach to take the job at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City will react quickly to Jorginho's decision to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea by turning to Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, The Times reports.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday the coach whom he already replaced Carlo Ancelotti with - was closing in on a move to the Premier League giants. It's all in the hands of lawyers.

On Jorginho he said: 'We said to ourselves, "if Jorginho has any requests, we'll take them into account".

"I accepted Manchester City's offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them".

'If Chelsea are paying him even more, I can understand that too.

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"Jorginho and Sarri together again?"

"Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri".

Meanwhile, for Jorginho - Brazilian-born Italy worldwide - he was close to joining Pep Guardiola's Manchester City earlier, but Chelsea's interest and the player's preference of moving to London spoiled City's party.

Speculation surrounding the former Juventus manager's position at Stamford Bridge had been fevered since an apparent breakdown in relations between Conte and the Chelsea board.

De Laurentiis also revealed the 59-year-old Sarri could be joined at Stamford Bridge by Italy global Jorginho.

Chelsea are likely to pay around £50m, with further fees due in bonuses, to secure the Italy midfielder Jorginho and Sarri. Adding Sarri may not be the quick fix Chelsea hope to make.

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