Chelsea close in on top class target, move could be announced later today

Chelsea is finally closing in on the capture of Maurizio Sarri from Napoli.

The Italian is set to succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and reports claim that the deal could be confirmed today.

Chelsea will pay a compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri because of his contract with Napoli.

The Italian outfit has already brought in Carlo Ancelotti as Sarri’s replacement but they refused to let the Chelsea target leave for free.

Chelsea had a poor season last year and they will be hoping to get back into the top four next year. It will be interesting to see how quickly Sarri adapts to English football.

Napoli played some exciting football under him and the Chelsea fans will be expecting a similar style at Stamford Bridge next season.

The report adds that Sarri’s first Chelsea signing could be the Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who will cost £27m from CSKA Moscow.

The 22-year-old has been in sensational form during the World Cup and he has guided his country to the Quarter-finals of the competition already.

Thibaut Courtois hints at Chelsea exit amid Real Madrid transfer interest

Thibaut Courtois has suggested he is preparing to leave Chelsea this summer.

The goalkeeper, currently playing for Belgium at the World Cup, confirmed he will make a decision on his future after the tournament.

He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, though the Spanish club are understood to be targeting Alisson as the man to replace Keylor Navas.

“I have a certain preferred destination,” the 26-year-old said recently.

“I have some ideas in my mind, but I’m focusing on the World Cup and have pushed all decisions ahead until after the tournament.”

Courtois’ contract expires in 2019 and has been unable to agree on a new deal so far, though it appears his decision will be based on personal reasons rather than financial.

The goalkeeper lived in Madrid between 2011 and 2014 when he was on loan at Atletico Madrid and his children live in the Spanish capital with their mother. Earlier this year he explained his heart was still in the city, a point he reiterated again.

“My kids are the most important for me. I haven’t seen them a lot in the last 18 months. Facetime is nice, but seeing them grow up is something different. My kids will play an important role in my decision.”

During his time in Madrid he won LaLiga and also reached the Champions League final.

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