Chelsea believes that appointing Maurizio Sarri will help keep Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, and Willian at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.
Former Napoli boss Sarri is widely expected to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager.
And The Sun says the Blues believe Sarri’s arrival means Hazard, Courtois, and Willian are more likely to stay.
Keeper Courtois and his fellow Belgian Hazard have both been linked with Real Madrid, while Willian has had an uneasy relationship with Conte and is the subject of interest from Manchester United and reportedly Barcelona.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday that his club and Chelsea were close to reaching an agreement over a compensation fee for Sarri, which would pave the way for him to take over at the Bridge.
Sarri has been replaced at the Serie A club by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti but remains under contract.
De Laurentiis was quoted as saying: “Sarri is close to being a new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalize everything.”
Serie A manager wants to reunite with out of favour Chelsea star – report
Napoli’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti is interested in signing Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to the Mirror.
The 31-year-old centre-back is surplus to requirements at Chelsea after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte.
Even with Maurizio Sarri expected to take over at the club replacing Conte, Chelsea still is willing to sell him.
Luiz played just 15 games for us in all competitions last season and he earns close to £120,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian defender has also reportedly turned down interest from Porto as he had played for their rivals Benfica.
The former PSG man was re-signed by the Blues in a £34million deal a couple of years ago and he’s picked up the Premier League title and the FA Cup too.
With Luiz on the final year of his contract, it would make sense for us to sell him now rather than keep him and lose him for free next season.
If Ancelotti is really willing to do proper business with us, we could ask Napoli to negotiate the sale of a few players too or engage them in a swap deal for Luiz.
The Brazilian can still come good in the slower Italian league and at 31, he still has a few years of quality football left in him.
Losing Luiz might seem like a blow but if Sarri can bring in another defender to shore up the back, we won’t actually be missing the Brazilian defender a lot next season.