Chesea Close To Finally Replacing Conte And Gazumping City For Napoli Midfielder

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over from Conte and could be named by the end of the week. This is bad news for Manchester City, who had supposedly arranged a deal for Jorginho, have been left with little other than an apology from De Laurentiis.

It is reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abrahimovic has agreed to pay the £9 million compensation fee to Conte.

The Blues did win silverware in consecutive seasons under Antonio Conte following a 1-0 FA Cup final win against Manchester United at Wembley. I've laid down my conditions. The midfielder prefers to live in London according to Napoli chief. Sarri will look to transform Chelsea to a possession-based side and Jorginho will be pivotal to that change.

Conte said goodbye to players and staff in the afternoon, with the club cancelling a training session that the outgoing head coach had planned for the afternoon.

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday the coach whom he already replaced Carlo Ancelotti with - was closing in on a move to the Premier League giants. The Italian even took training on Thursday morning before, with the players sent home for the afternoon, confirmation came of his sacking.

And The Sun have now delved into why Chelsea have finally made the decision to put Conte out of his misery. The Italian worldwide was integral in their Scudetto bid in 2017/18 only to be narrowly be beaten out by serial champions Juventus once again, but could be imperative in bringing Jorginho to Stamford Bridge instead of the Etihad.

He can operate in a variety of different midfield roles thanks to his work-rate, and accuracy of passing but is generally seen as a creator.

Jorginho's arrival will belatedly kickstart the club's summer transfer business, with Daniele Rugani and Aleksandr Golovin to follow from Juventus and CSKA Moscow respectively.

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