Antonio Conte’s time at Chelsea looks to be coming to an end despite delivering the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, following the club’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Italian boss’ exit is widely reported to be imminent and the Blues have been heavily linked with the services of Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri – handed a boost by reports that discussions regarding his future in Naples have hit a deadlock.
However, Chelsea will have to pay Conte a reported £9m payoff if they relieve him of his duties and would have to pay a similar sum in compensation to Serie A runners-up Napoli if they land Sarri, although it seems there’s another option.
Italian outlet Calcio News 24 report that Napoli are happy to waive their compensation fee if Chelsea offer a discount for the services of Brazil defender David Luiz, who has an uncertain future in west London.
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen to bolster his side’s defence, particular amidst the speculation of Kalidou Koulibaly’s future, and wants 31-year-old David Luiz in return for Sarri.