If Corriere dello Sport are to be believed on Thursday, then Chelsea are very close to signing Daniele Rugani from Juventus.
On paper, all that requires to be done is the Blues to up their offer by a couple more bonuses (whatever those are), with the player having already said ‘yes’ to a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
As was reported on Wednesday, Chelsea have upped their offer to €40m and it appears Juventus are just being awkward over a small amount of money before giving the deal the green light.
While all that sounds rather promising, there is also one small but very important details the Premier League club need to pull off to get this deal over the line, which is appointing Maurizio Sarri.
We had our doubts about this on Wednesday, and it seems Corriere have answered our questions, explaining this deal is one requested by the former Napoli manager.
Sarri knows Rugani well from their time at Empoli together between 2013-15, and wanted him at Napoli at a time when Juventus weren’t particularly interested in selling.
That has now changed, and we could see him on Premier League pitches very soon.
All Chelsea need to do is get rid of Antonio Conte and convince Aurelio de Laurentiis to cancel Sarri’s contract.
No biggie. It’s not like they’ve been trying to do that for the past month or anything.