Maurizio Sarri is now ‘a step away’ from becoming Chelsea manager, reports Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The move is ‘very close’ and everything is expected to be sorted out and finalised, and therefore finally announced, within a week. Gianfranco Zola will be Sarri’s deputy, according to the Italian newspaper.

A payment to Napoli of around €5m is suggested as the new way forward, that’s if an agreement can’t be found which involves the transfer of players.

Raúl Albiol, valued at €6m, and Elseid Hysaj, valued at €50m, could go to Chelsea and that would be part of an overall negotiation. Koulibaly and Zielinski are other possibilities.

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Between Sarri and Chelsea there’s said to be ‘total agreement’, and the manager will be paid €5m a year (likely after tax) and a further €1m should he achieve Champions League qualification. The contract is for two years, with Chelsea having the option to extend that by a third.

It’c alimed an agreement has already been reached with Zola, but the details can only be finalised when he’s finished his World Cup job with a South African TV channel.

This one seems like it’s creeping forward.