Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis has confirmed Maurizio Sarri’s move to Premier League giants Chelsea.
In an interview that Di Laurentiis recently gave to Sky Italia, he said: “Sarri is close to being the new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”
He also confirmed that Jorginho could be off to Chelsea as well, with Manchester City set to miss out on him. Di Laurentiis said:
“Although we consider him an excellent player for Ancelotti’s system and trying to project the credibility of the Chinese for Hamsik, I may have to apologize to Manchester City. I closed the deal fifteen days ago, but if he prefers to live in London compared to Manchester I can understand. ”
“Then if Chelsea pay him more I can understand even more and I can’t do anything about it. Jorginho to Chelsea doesn’t depend on Sarri”
It was earlier reported that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea could unlock the Blues’ acquisition for Sarri and it seems as if both transfers are set to become a reality.
Chelsea star number one target for Barcelona
Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a primary target for Barcelona this summer, according to SPORT.
SPORT report that sources close to Barcelona have confirmed that Eden Hazard is their number one transfer target this summer as they look to add to new manager Ernesto Valverde’s squad.
Barcelona have today returned to pre-season training as they prepare to fulfil their main objective next season, winning the UEFA Champions League.
The Spanish giants dominated La Liga last season and were also successful in winning the Copa del Rey.
However they are desperate to win the Champions League again next season.
Barca have already completed the signing of Arthur Melo this summer and are now looking to further strengthen their midfield options.
Barcelona have £100m available to them this summer and Chelsea could be willing to sell Hazard for such a price as they look to overhaul their squad.
Despite Hazard’s current contract at Stamford Bridge running until 2020, he is yet to put pen-to-paper on the new deal offered to him by the club and the lure of playing for Barcelona could tempt him into a move to Spain.