Maurizio Sarri’s agent dismisses Chelsea link

The agent of Maurizio Sarri has seemingly dismissed suggestions that the former Napoli boss could replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

For a number of weeks, Sarri has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after parting ways with Napoli, but Chelsea have allegedly began to consider other options due to the 59-year-old’s controversial behaviour in the past.

Sarri also remains under the conditions of his previous contract with Napoli, and representative Alessandro Pellegrini has appeared to mock Sarri’s existing ties with the Serie A giants.

Pellegrini told Sportitalia: “I don’t know who Chelsea are, are they a football club? We only know about Napoli.”

Chelsea did have the option of activating a £7m release clause in Sarri’s contract but that expired on Thursday.

Report: Chelsea considering move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has reportedly emerged as a summer transfer target for Chelsea.

On Thursday, it was claimed that Chelsea had ended contract negotiations with Thibaut Courtois, who has just a year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been linked with a move for Roma stopper Alisson but according to the Daily Mail, the West Londoners could make an approach for Butland.

With Stoke suffering relegation to the Championship, the Potters are likely to part ways with the England international with bids of around £30m expected to be entertained.

Butland is also said to be wanted by Liverpool but any move from the Merseyside giants could depend of whether they are successful in a bid for Alisson.

Should Courtois leave Chelsea, 36-year-old Willy Caballero would be regarded as Chelsea’s number one with fellow veteran Eduardo temporarily acting as backup.

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