Napoli officially part ways with Maurizio Sarri as Ancelotti agrees to join

Confirmation Italian giants Napoli have today confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti set to

Confirmation

Italian giants Napoli have today confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti set to take over.

The Serie A side actually impressed this season under Sarri and pushed Juventus all the way to the line in the league.

That has all been while playing some scintillating football under the Italian but they are set for change this summer.

Sarri has been looking to leave the club to explore new pastures for next season and is heavily linked with a move to Chelsea.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will also be taking over at Napoli according to reports.

Fabricio Romano has revealed that Ancelotti has already signed a deal with the club and his appointment is soon to be confirmed.

Chelsea implications

The question now turns to where will Sarri be heading?

Having been so closely linked with Chelsea for months now, it is expected that he will be headed to Stamford Bridge.

The club are set to sack Antonio Conte after a lacklustre season in the Premier League and despite winning the FA Cup.

With Sarri now free to negotiate with any club, he will now likely enter talks with Chelsea for when Conte is sacked.

Though, the Blues will have to move quickly with Zenit said to be offering the Italian a big wage to manage in Russia.

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Chelsea close in on Maurizio Sarri after Napoli agree deal with Ancelotti

Managerial merry-go-round Chelsea could be closing in on the signing of Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as Carlo Ancelotti agrees deal to

Managerial merry-go-round

Chelsea could be closing in on the signing of Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as Carlo Ancelotti agrees deal to join Italian giants next season.

Carlo Ancelotti has long been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after a lacklustre Premier League campaign.

The Blues eventually finished fifth and will have to navigate the Europa League next season.

That has lead to suggestions that Conte could be sacked but not only for his results, also the rift between management and recruitment policy.

The system at Chelsea has put a pretty big strain on the relationship between Conte and the club and it’s likely he will want to leave the club anyway.

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The future

While Antonio Conte is the past of Chelsea, the future looks bright under Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian almost guided Napoli to a shock Serie A title, though Juventus were just able to pip them to the line.

That has not put a damper on Sarri’s reputation though, who played some incredible football this season.

Now, The Guardian has revealed that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a deal to take over at Napoli.

It is said that he will earn around £5.27m per season and that means that Sarri will be leaving the club.

While Antonio Conte is yet to leave Chelsea, it is likely that he will be sacked at some point in the next week or so.

That will allow the inevitable appointment of Sarri as the Stamford Bridge boss.

Though, if they don’t move quickly, he could be snapped up by Zenit who are also sniffing around the Italian.

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According to reports in the Italian media tonight, Carlo Ancelotti is set to replace rumoured Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri at

According to reports in the Italian media tonight, Carlo Ancelotti is set to replace rumoured Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri at Napoli imminently.

Second best

Napoli played out their final fixture of the season on Sunday, with the Partenopei having picked up a 2-1 win over Crotone to finish the campaign with a hugely-impressive Serie A points tally of 91.

However, unfortunately for the Neapolitans, this tally did not quite get the job done in the Italian top-flight, as perennial champions Juventus racked up an incredible 95 points to clinch their 7th-straight Scudetto crown.

Overhaul?

In the wake of falling short once again in the Serie A title race, rumours have been rife in the media that major changes could be in store for Napoli this summer.

The likes of Jorginho, Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens have all been linked with exits from the San Paolo, while mounting question marks have surrounded the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.

NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 08: Coach of SSC Napoli Maurizio Sarri gestures during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio San Paolo on April 8, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

‘Too late’

The two clubs most heavily touted as potential destinations for Sarri have been Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal (the latter now look set to appoint Unai Emery), though the likes of Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg have also been linked with the chain-smoking Italian.

Whatever the case may be, the possibility of Sarri remaining at Napoli dropped considerably on Sunday evening, when Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis answered questions on the future of his side’s manager during an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss:

‘Maurizio Sarri’s future? You will have to ask him. He never wanted to give me an answer and his agent always said maybe. For me it is now too late since we have to move on with our plan. We have to move on and think about the future.’

Done deal?

And, as per a huge update courtesy of Neapolitan outlet CalcioNapoli24 this evening, it looks as though Sarri’s time at the San Paolo could even be set to come to an end over the next 24 hours, amid claims that Carlo Ancelotti is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal with the Serie A runners-up.

In fact, so sure are CalcioNapoli of Ancelotti’s imminent appointment at the San Paolo, that they have gone as far as to claim that both the former Bayern Munich boss and Aurelio De Laurentiis requested that their lawyers meet tonight to draw up contracts that could in turn be signed off on over the coming hours.

If Ancelotti does, as expected, commit to a deal with Napoli, then Maurizio Sarri would in turn be free to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

However, some reports have stated that Sarri could even take a year off from management.

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The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has this evening moved to shut down any and all speculation surrounding his

The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has this evening moved to shut down any and all speculation surrounding his client’s future.

Solid stopper

Hysaj, a 24-year-old right-back who can also play on the left, has been on the books of Napoli since 2015, when he made the move to the Stadio San Paolo from fellow Italian outfit Empoli for just 5 million Euro.

The Albanian international immediately managed to usurp Partenopei legend Christian Maggio as the club’s first-choice right-full, with his increasingly impressive performances over recent seasons having led to growing interest on the part of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Suitors

Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United have been the two sides most persistently-linked with potential moves for Hysaj, with claims emerging from Italy back in March having insisted that the stopper was set for a summer move to a European heavyweight.

Elseid Hysaj

Elseid Hysaj of Napoli during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and Spal at Stadio San Paolo on February 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

This was due to Tuttosport’s report that Hysaj had been informed by an unnamed club that they would be activating his 50 million Euro release clause (which is only valid between June 30th and July 15th) this summer, rendering Napoli helpless in their hopes of holding onto the 37-time capped international.

‘Remain in Naples’

However, following persistent speculation in the months that have followed that Hysaj looked increasingly likely to make the move to Old Trafford to link up with Manchester United, the stopper’s agent has this evening moved to shut down any and all rumours surrounding his client’s future.

Speaking in an interview with Radio CrC, Mario Giuffredi explained:

‘He’s a Napoli player and he’ll remain in Naples.’

‘We’ve also started talking about a new contract. He’s very young and from next year he’d only have two years on his contract.’

‘Talks have already begun with Napoli, then if they want to send him away… I don’t think that will happen though.’

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According to the latest reports stemming from Italy this morning, Premier League champions Manchester City have seen their first official offer for Napoli midfielder Jorginho rejected by the Partenopei.

Metronome

Jorginho, a Brazilian-born Italian international, joined Napoli from Hellas Verona for 9.5 million Euro in 2014, since going on to develop into one of the finest midfielders in Serie A.

In an incredible statistic, it was revealed last summer that the 26-year-old made more passes per game than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season (as per Football-Italia.net).

Sitting in his deep-lying midfield berth, the Verona youth product has flourished behind Napoli’s fearsome attacking quartet of Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, and has started 32 of his side’s 37 Serie A fixtures to this point in the campaign.

NAPLES, ITALY – MARCH 18: Jorginho of SSC Napoli drives the ball during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

PL links

Despite his near-indispensable presence in Maurizio Sarri’s Partneopei squad, though, Jorginho has often been linked with a departure from the San Paolo over recent seasons, with all of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United having long been touted as potential destinations.

However, a number of reports in the English media last month insisted that it was in fact Manchester City that had jumped firmly to the front of the queue for Jorginho, with some outlets having even gone as far as to suggest that the Citizens had already tied up a deal for the gifted midfielder.

Etihad bound?

Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has spoken out on several occasions with regards to his client’s links to the Premier League over the last couple of months, but had always remained coy on the interest of individual clubs.

However, speaking in an interview with CalcioNapoli24 this past Wednesday, Santos finally confirmed the interest of Manchester City, before endorsing a potential move to the Etihad for his client by revealing that finding an agreement between he and the Citizens ‘won’t be a problem’.

‘Jorginho is still under contract, but if Napoli find an agreement with City then he goes to Manchester.’

‘Finding an agreement with the English won’t be a problem, considering their importance, but I repeat it depends on Napoli as the player is tied to the Azzurri for two more years.’

Knocked back

But, as per the aforementioned updates stemming from Italy this morning, City’s move for Jorginho may not be quite as straightforward as they had first hoped, amid claims that the Sky Blues have been informed that their opening offer was a full 20 million Euro short of Napoli’s valuation of their star midfielder.

The Corriere del Mezzogiorno report that City opened their bidding with a 50 million Euro offer, only to be informed by the board in Naples that they will not enter into negotiations unless a bid of at least 70 million Euro is to arrive.

The newspaper also states that Jorginho’s future could hinge on whether or not Maurizio Sarri remains at the club, amid heavy links between the Italian tactician and Chelsea.

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The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has confirmed that should Manchester City successfully agree a deal with the Italian club, the player

The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has confirmed that should Manchester City successfully agree a deal with the Italian club, the player will be heading to the Premier League champions.

The Italian has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool over recent months, however, Pep Guardiola’s side look the most likely to capture the players signature.

Manchester City are keen on adding a midfielder this summer in order to provide cover for both Fernandinho and David Silva next season.

Agreement with City

Jorginho

NAPLES, ITALY – MAY 06: Jorginho of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The Italian midfielder has contributed four goals and four assists in 37 appearances as a defensive midfielder this season playing a key role in helping Napoli to an impressive second-place finish.

It is reported that Jorginho has a transfer value of just 40 million euros which makes the 26-year-old a very attractive signing.

Man City are understood to be confident of landing Jorginho this summer and must agree a fee with the Serie A club, according to the player’s agent.

Joao Santos told Calcio Napoli:

“If Napoli finds an agreement with City, the player goes to Manchester.

“Finding an agreement with the English will not be a problem considering the importance of the team but I repeat that decision is for Napoli.”

 

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Maurizio Sarri agrees new Napoli contract

At the beginning of the week, there were strong rumours that Carlo Ancelotti would replace Maurizio Sarri at Napoli.

There seems little doubt that Sarri has done an awesome job at Napoli, where he has turned them into Scudetto challengers.

However, it was thought that Sarri would leave Napoli this summer due to the disappointment of failing to beat Juventus to the Serie A title.

And, due to the fact that Sarri would look for a new challenge with Chelsea in the Premier League.

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However, in recent hours, after talks with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis – it looks like Sarri will remain at the Italian side.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Sarri and De Laurentiis spent two hours in talks on Wednesday.

The charismatic Napoli chairman agreed a deal with Sarri to extend his contract and also receive an improvement in salary.

LAS PALMAS, SPAIN – MAY 14: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique sports a stone island jacket during the La Liga match between UD Las Palmas and Barcelona at Estadio de Gran Canaria on May 14, 2017 in Las Palmas, Spain. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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The rumours linking Sarri with Chelsea were so strong that there were suggestions the Napoli coach hard urged his coaching staff to learn English.

If Sarri does stay at Napoli, where does it leave the Blues? With Antonio Conte expected to leave the club after the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Much of the speculation now suggests Luis Enrique will be first choice for Chelsea.

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Maurizio Sarri is set to hold talks with Napoli this week amid speculation of a move to Chelsea, according to

Maurizio Sarri is set to hold talks with Napoli this week amid speculation of a move to Chelsea, according to Standard Sport.

The West London club are set to part ways with current manager Antonio Conte at the end of the season and Sarri is seen as an ideal replacement for the Italian.

However, in a bid to keep hold of Sarri, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is set to hold talks with the head coach who has guided them to a second-place finish in Serie A this season.

Sarri set for Napoli talks

TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 22: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli scores a goal during the serie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli on April 22, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Chelsea are keen admirers of Sarri who has thoroughly impressed with Napoli this season, having almost guided the Naples-based club to their first Italian title since 1990.

Now, in a bid to fend off interest from Chelsea and other European clubs, the club’s owner De Laurentiis plans to discuss with Sarri his future at the club.

The pair are understood to share a frosty, however, De Laurentiis has revealed that is keen for Sarri to remain at the club.

Conte’s commitment

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Following a disappointing second season at Stamford Bridge, Conte looks set to leave in the summer.

The Blues were humiliated at St James’ Park on the final day, losing 3-0 to Newcastle United and consigning their fate of finishing outside the top-four.

However, following the defeat, the Italian manager pledged his commitment to Chelsea stating that he plans honour his contract which has one-year remaining.

Conte confirmed:

“I have a contract and I am committed to this club.”

 

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According to Italian outlet Il Mattino, Premier League giants Manchester United have emerged as the clear favourites in the race to sign Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam.

Class act

Ghoulam, a 27-year-old Algerian international, has long been regarded as one of the finest full-backs in Serie A, with his lung-busting runs up and down Napoli’s left flank having proven crucial to the fortunes of Maurizio Sarri’s men for several seasons now.

The dynamic African notched 6 assists in the Italian top-flight last season, and had already racked up a further 2 goals and 3 assists during the current campaign, before a cruciate ligament rupture suffered during a Champions League tie with Manchester City saw the stopper ruled out until February.

In incredibly unfortunate circumstances, though, after making his return to first-team training, Ghoulam then fractured his kneecap, with the former Saint-Etienne man having not played since.

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Faouzi Ghoulam of SSC Napoli line up before the UEFA Champions League group F match between SSC Napoli and Manchester City at Stadio San Paolo on November 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Etihad links

Ghoulam was heavily linked with a departure from Napoli last summer, with Man City boss Pep Guardiola having targeted the Partenopei man following the departures of both Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy.

In the end, though, Napoli held firm, with the Citizens having opted to bring in Benjamin Mendy from Monaco instead.

Old Trafford bound?

The other club most frequently touted as a potential destination for Ghoulam have been Manchester United, who are expected to be on the lookout for left-back reinforcements again this summer.

And, as per the aforementioned report from Neapolitan outlet Il Mattino today, the Red Devils’ interest in Ghoulam has been piqued once again due to Napoli having lowered their demands for the full-back, with United now viewed as absolute ‘favourites’ for his signature.

Both Il Mattino and the Corriere Dello Sport are now of the opinion that the Algerian international has become available for less than 40 million Euro due to his recent injury problems, after Napoli had previously demanded a minimum of 50 million Euro.

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has today spoken out over his future on Tyneside, amid links with Serie A giants

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has today spoken out over his future on Tyneside, amid links with Serie A giants Napoli.

Experienced campaigner

58-year-old Benitez, who has of course managed the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea over the course of his storied career, took over at Newcastle in 2016, and has since led the club to promotion to the Premier League and a hugely-impressive 10th-place finish in the English top-flight this season.

However, he has reportedly been left frustrated by the lack of investment in his Magpies’ squad over the last 12 months, with rumours having long-circulated that the Spaniard could opt to depart St. James’ Park in the near future as a result.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Napoli links

Of the clubs touted as a potential destination for Benitez, if he were in fact to decide to move on, Napoli, where the former Valencia boss actually held the managerial reigns between 2013 and 2015, have been named as the most likely destination.

Current Partenopei boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with Chelsea, meaning the hotseat at the Stadio San Paolo could be set to become vacant in the very near future.

‘Only talking to Newcastle’

While Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as the clear leading contender to replace Sarri in Naples over the last 24 hours, Benitez was nevertheless questioned on whether he could see himself making a return to the club during an interview with CalcioNapoli24 earlier today.

However, the Spanish tactician was keen to put such rumours very much to bed, reaffirming his commitment to Newcastle and revealing that he does not plan to leave England at this moment in time:

‘My future? I’ve heard so much talk, but I haven’t spoken to De Laurentiis: I have a contract with Newcastle, I’m talking to them about my renewal.’

‘They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I decided to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it’s also because of my family.’

‘My priority is to stay in England. I’m only talking to Newcastle right now.’

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