Chelsea next manager: Gianfranco Zola admits talks are ongoing amid Maurizio Sarri rumours

CHELSEA legend Gianfranco Zola has admitted he is in talks with his former club amid rumours Maurizio Sarri wants him as his No.2.

The former West Ham and Watford manager has been tipped to join Sarri’s set-up at the Blues.

Chelsea’s managerial situation is messy – but next to Napoli’s it seems like nothing.

The Serie A side have hired Carlo Ancelotti as manager but have not terminated Sarri’s contract – meaning that both are still on the club’s payroll.

It has led to a bizarre situation where Chelsea’s top managerial target has been unable to leave whilst the Stamford Bridge outfit had the chance to pay his release clause, but chose not to.

However, strong reports in Italy have suggested that an agreement has been reached with president Aurelio de Laurentiis, a tough negotiator, and that Sarri will finally make the move to London.

But Chelsea have yet to release their manager either, but Starsport understands a £9.5m agreement has been reached with Antonio Conte to fire him and his staff.

And it could even be confirmed this week, with Zola jetting off from pundit duty to complete the deal.

The 51-year-old was working for a TV company in South Africa covering the World Cup before revealing he had to leave for London.

He said: “There are a lot of rumours about me at the moment and nothing has happened. We’ll see what happens in the future.

“But honestly, at the moment it’s only talking, nothing is decided.”

The Blues have yet to make any moves in the transfer window so far.

However, they have been linked to a number of players including Robert Lewandowski, Jean-Michael Seri and Danielle Rugani.

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