Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Chelsea's new manager must move quickly to make new signings before the August 9 deadline.

Add the fact that Chelsea badly need to be injected with a new dimension in their game, having Sarri leading the way and fielding in a player like Jorginho will only bring good things to the London club.

The west London side struggled to follow up their Premier League title winning season of 2016/17, limping to fifth in the league with only an FA Cup triumph over Manchester United as a consolation to take from their season.

Sarri is central to Chelsea's 14th change of coach since Roman Abramovich arrived in 2003, although yet again there will be a costly severance payment to the outgoing coach.

The former Italy and Juventus manager guided the club to Premier League success in his inaugural campaign in English football, but failed to retain the title last season, with the club finishing outside the top four. The team will now play in the Europa League.

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Under Sarri's tutelage, Dries Mertens has been transformed into one of the continent's most potent attacking threats, the Belgian scoring a whopping 56 goals in the last two seasons for the free-flowing Partenopei.

The chain smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

Recall that Conte was sacked after spending two years at the Stamford Bridge.

Sarri will have less than a month to prepare for the new season, with Sky Italia reporting that a deal has now been agreed - blurry photos of Sarri outside Stamford Bridge where also published by Italian website GianlucaDiMarzio.

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