Juventus and Chelsea are set to meet over the future of several players and if the past is anything to go by – negotiations should be able to flow with ease.
Antonio Conte, who managed Juventus between 2011 and 2014, and is now head coach of Chelsea, makes the connection between the two clubs strong.
However, with Conte’s likely departure, to be replaced by Sarri, the two clubs could look to get business sorted as soon as possible.
Historically, Juve and Chelsea have not completed all that many deals.
Juan Cuadrado bounced between the two clubs, Tiago joined Juventus from Lyon, just two years after he left Chelsea, and previously the free transfer of Gianluca Vialli from Juventus to Chelsea in 1996.
Now, the names on the table appear to be N’Golo Kante, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani.
Kante has a price-tag of €70m, one which Juventus may be reluctant to pay. Similarly, the future of Alvaro Morata is in doubt at Chelsea, with Juventus interested in securing a loan – with an option to buy.
On the Juventus side, Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani are both linked with moves away.
Higuain is heading towards the end of his stint at Juventus and there is the possibility that Juventus could offer the Argentine in a bid for either Kante or Higuain.
Rugani, similarly, is wanted by Chelsea and with a ~€40m price-tag, a move could be on the cards.
Chelsea have the financial power to weigh up moves for both Higuain and Rugani, yet Juve may struggle to pay the money required of them to sign Morata and Kante.
The two combined could rack up a bill of €120m+ and Juventus will need to sell, in order to buy.
Chelsea given scare as Roberto Martinez confirms Eden Hazard injury
Chelsea were given an injury scare this afternoon when Belgium boss Roberto Martinez confirmed that Eden Hazard picked up a calf problem in their World Cup win over Tunisia.
The 27-year-old was superb for the Red Devils as he netted twice in their second victory of the tournament, while also playing a big part in the rest of the win as Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as well.
However, with just over 20 minutes to go the Chelsea star was taken off for Michy Batshuayi, who netted the fifth goal, in what seemed like it was just for him to be rested for their final Group G game against England.
However, Martinez revealed that Hazard actually picked up a calf injury and could well miss the match against the Three Lions on Thursday evening.
“If we could have seven days to prepare for that game and then another seven days before the following game then we would start with the same starting XI,” said Martinez.
“The reality is that we have qualified – you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for others. We need to check the injury doubts Lukaku, Hazard and [Dries] Mertens.
“I will make major changes to the team for the England game.”
The last thing that Chelsea fans will be wanting as Hazard missed all of last pre-season with an ankle injury that also kept him out of the beginning of the season.
They will be hoping that it is just a minor injury and he can feature for the rest of the tournament and into the upcoming Premier League season.