Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly believes that Maurizio Sarri will become the new manager of Premier League side Chelsea, according to a report on the Daily Star.
The Senegal centre-back had a good relationship with Sarri at Napoli and admits that the Blues will be better off with Italian in charge.
The London club is expected to appoint Sarri as their new manager this season after a disappointing Premier League campaign under Antonio Conte last season.
However, Conte did guide the side to FA Cup glory but it looks like that wasn’t enough to save his job at Stamford Bridge.
When speaking about Sarri’s potential move to Chelsea, Koulibaly said:
(Chelsea fans) can expect nice football because he is a very good coach. I’m disappointed that he leaves like this. I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach.
When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.
Chelsea wants to give Sarri enough time before the season starts to build the squad to his desire and the Blues are already being linked with some high profile Serie A players, including Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
Inter In Touch With Chelsea To Take Wing-Back On Loan
Inter are probing Chelsea for the signature of full-back Davide Zappacosta on an initial loan deal this summer.
Chelsea snapped up the Italian full-back from Torino last summer, but he struggled to nail down a place in the starting eleven throughout last season.
Only 12 of his 22 Premier League appearances came in the starting eleven and he started half of Chelsea’s Champions League games during the 2017/18 campaign.
With Maurizio Sarri expected to pursue Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj once he becomes Chelsea manager, there are questions marks over Zappacosta’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Inter are prepared to offer him a route back to Italy this summer and according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, they are in touch with Chelsea to probe the possibility of signing the defender.
It has been claimed that the Nerazzurri are trying to convince Chelsea to let them sign Zappacosta on an initial loan deal with an option to buy at a later date.
While it is still unclear whether Chelsea is considering letting the defender go, Inter is trying their luck and have identified Zappacosta as a possible summer target.
The 26-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the west London club.