Sarri agrees terms with Chelsea to succeed Conte

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Meanwhile, Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is rumoured to be on the verge of being appointed as the new boss at Stamford Bridge.

He is Chelsea's sixth Italian manager since Gianluca Vialli in 1998, following Claudio Ranieri, Ancelotti, Roberto di Matteo and Conte.

Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

That has seemingly resulted in both parties looking to speed up a new appointment and according to Sky in Italy, Sarri has agreed to move to the Premier League.

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Juventus' recent dominance of the Italian top flight was nearly ended by Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side last season.

Despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup during his tenure, Conte's relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy disintegrated last summer with the Times claiming that the former Juventus boss held Granovskaia, one of Roman Ambramovic's most trusted aides, responsible for failing to land a number of his top transfer targets.

Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea's practice base in Cobham with players who hadn't featured at the Fifa World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday (Friday NZT) saying Conte had been fired.

Giovanni Martusciello, who is now the technical collaborator of Inter Milan, has reportedly turned down the chance to join Maurizio Sarri's coaching staff at Chelsea.

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Antonio Conte's sacking at Chelsea, to be replaced by Maurizio Sarri, has been formalised finally.

Sarri comes with a reputation as an attacking manager, with Napoli's haul of 94 goals in the 2016-17 league campaign remaining the highest number scored in a Serie A season since the turn of the century.

Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.

Sarri is a big fan of the striker, who played under him at Napoli, and Chelsea want to add more firepower to their squad.

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Along with him is former Napoli midfielder Jorginho who is reportedly ready to move to Chelsea and display his excellent play under the guidance of Sarri.