According to reports from Italy, Napoli are interested in appointing Antonio Conte as their new manager this summer if Maurizio Sarri opts to join Chelsea.
It’s claimed by Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, as cited by Football Italia, that a sensational ‘swap’ deal could occur in the summer as Chelsea prepare to up their interest in Sarri.
The Napoli boss has performed well in Serie A over the last two seasons and it seems with Conte set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Sarri is a target for the Blues.
However, the Chelsea boss could well walk into a new role, filling the potential void which Sarri may leave by departing Napoli.
The Serie A title-chasers have been linked with a number of different managers as they make contingency plans in preparations for Sarri’s potential departure, and it seems Conte heads up this managerial shortlist.
It’s stated that Conte would be open to a return to management in Italy, indicating that a shock move to Napoli is not out of the question yet.
Cesc Fabregas reveals the real reason behind the delay on reaching 50 Premier League goals
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened up on why it took him longer than expected to reach 50 Premier League goals.
Whilst never being a consistent goalscorer during his time in England across two spells with the Blues as well as first club Arsenal, the Spaniard has still managed to bring up a half century.
It came on Saturday afternoon – in what turned out to be the winner after just four minutes – as he brilliantly guided home Eden Hazard’s reverse pass against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Only two Spaniards have scored more goals in the top flight of English football – Fernando Torres (85) & Diego Costa (52) and they got it done in less time than Fabregas.
Having scored in the 2-0 win over Everton right at the beginning of the season, the 30-year-old had to wait until his 343rd league appearance to reach goal number 50 and he’s revealed the reason behind the long wait.
“I was waiting for it to happen and it took longer than I expected,” he told reporters.
“Playing in this position it’s a little bit more difficult for me to get forward and to get into positions to score.
“But in this game (at Swansea) we had three midfielders and I have a little bit more freedom to go forward to play a bit more in the position I’ve played throughout my career.”
Fabregas’ next target might be to become the record Spanish goalscorer in the Premier League and he can take a huge step in his bid to catch Torres by netting against Liverpool at the weekend.
Otherwise, overtaking Costa is more realistic especially as the striker is unlikely to play in England following his return to former club Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window.