CHELSEA have summoned Maurizio Sarri to London, according to reports in Naples.
Chelsea want Sarri to replace their manager Antonio Conte this summer.
The appointment saga has dragged on since May, when it became apparent that Conte would be ousted from his role.
The Blues are still working on a deal to prise Sarri out of his Napoli contract, while they will have to pay Conte the £9m remaining on his deal.
But should things go smoothly today and over the weekend then Sarri could be announced on Monday.
That is according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who claim Sarri has been called to London by Chelsea bosses.
According to the report, the Italian is expected in the UK capital today ‘in order to organise everything possible’ ahead of Monday’s unveiling.
Corriere dello Sport claim Sarri will at the latest be in the capital by Saturday night.
Sarri, 59, is expected to bring in a number of his former players if he joins Chelsea this summer.
The Blues are yet to sign anyone in the transfer window as they wait for the managerial situation to be resolved.
Conte, meanwhile, insists he is still in charge and has drawn up a pre-season schedule for his players.
There was a request from the technical staff that all non-World Cup players return to duty for fitness testing on Saturday and Sunday.
But Conte has hit back at that request and demanded the players stick to his schedule and return next Monday.
Player has a ‘90%’ chance of signing for Chelsea this summer, transfer said to be very likely
Tuttosport are so excited they could burst.
The Turin based sport newspaper are currently in a Cristiano Ronaldo wonderland, entirely convinced the Real Madrid player is moving to local club Juventus.
As well as article after article about what it means for Juve, and how it’s the revival of Serie A’s glory days, there’s claims on the sales.
A transfer fee of €100m isn’t unthinkable for Juventus, and wouldn’t require the club to sell a raft of other important players, but they do need to move some on.
For a while the idea of selling Gonzalo Higuain has been of interest in Turin, even before the Ronaldo circus rolled into town. Tuttosport believe a transfer to Chelsea is very likely indeed and give it a 90% chance.
Yep, it’s claimed Higuain only has a 10% chance of staying at Juve and there is no other club mentioned, Tuttosport believe he’s off to Chelsea.
The estimated transfer fee is put at €60m which still seems a little high given the Argentine international turns 31 years of age in December and isn’t the most athletic of footballers.