Chelsea have officially confirmed Maurizio Sarri has been appointed as Antonio Conte’s successor at Stamford Bridge. The former Napoli manager has signed a three-year deal with the west London club.
According to Sky Italia, the 59-year-old wants to return to the Serie A to help the Blues two new players after signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho. .
Sarri’s ‘two great goals’ for Chelsea in the transfer window are AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The new manager wants to replace Thibaut Courtois with the Brazil international. The Italian capital club were demanding €80m for Alisson in the last few weeks.
Roma are now ready to lower the asking price as a fee of €70m including fixed and variables should be sufficient for them to sanction their custodian’s sale.
Meanwhile, Juventus want to offload Higuain’s after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Turin club signed the Argentine international from Napoli in 2016 for €90m. In his last season at the Naples, the striker scored 36 goals under Sarri’s guidance.
Higuain is aware that he will be sacrificed following the arrival of Ronaldo and Juventus will allow him leave if they receive a fee of €54/55m.
The 30-year-old is the second ‘great goal’ of the west London club’s new manager. However, the report claims Chelsea have not yet tabled a proposal for the ex-Real Madrid frontman.