A week after clinching FA Cup success against Manchester United at Wembley, Chelsea’s managerial situation is still not secure and Antonio Conte is still widely expected to be relieved from his duties at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are finding it difficult to draft in the ideal replacement and, after reportedly identifying recently-replaced Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their prime target, now face a struggle to get the highly-rated manager through the doors.
According to reports cited by The Sun, Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding Chelsea pay Sarri’s full £7m release-clause despite already appointing Carlo Ancelotti as the new manager of the Serie A runners-up.
Sarri is under contract until 2020 and cannot join another club until his release clause expires at the end of the month, with Chelsea already seeing an approach of £3.5m immediately rejected by the Naples side.
Chelsea have already seen another managerial target, Mauricio Pochettino, sign a new five-year deal at Tottenham and will be desperate to secure their new boss as quickly as possible.