Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is the “number one” target to replace outgoing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri this summer, according to reports.
Allegri’s departure from the Serie A champions has been confirmed while Sarri’s tenure at Stamford Bridge has been under question for a considerable amount of time this season.
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- Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea last summer following a successful spell at Napoli.
- The Italian guided the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League, the EFL Cup final and the Europa League final this week.
- However, Sarri’s style of play has been heavily criticised by Chelsea supporters.
- Outgoing Juve boss Allegri announced his intentions to leave the club earlier this month following another league title win.
- Chelsea play Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final this Wednesday with Champions League football already confirmed for next season.
According to reports, Sarri has already held discussions with Juventus representatives regarding a move to Turin, which will not impress those at Chelsea with the club close to competing in their second Europa League final in six years.
With Juventus targeting Sarri as their number one choice to replace Allegri this summer, those inside the Premier League club now have a few decisions to make.
With Sarri signing a deal last summer that runs until 2021, the Italian is still well under contract at Stamford Bridge, making this potential move more complicated than anticipated.
The Blues seem to be in a position where they are not wanting to fire the Italian, who would pick up a considerable compensation package for his troubles. Instead, reports suggest the club will seek a €5-6 million compensation package themselves from Juventus to gain access to Sarri.
The one thing that may work in Sarri’s favour is that it is clear that the club’s supporters aren’t fully behind him and that may see those high up in the Chelsea hierarchy act more leniently with his potential departure.
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Could Sarri’s departure see Lampard return?
Of course, Sarri’s departure from Stamford Bridge after just one season in charge would open the door to more links between the west London club and former player Frank Lampard who fell at the last hurdle with Derby County in the play-off final against Aston Villa.
The Chelsea legend spoke to reporters recently regarding the suggestion that he could be the man to take over Chelsea should Sarri depart, with the former England international insisting that the links are “obvious”.
He said: “I’ve said it a few months ago [response to links] and I find it quite difficult because they have a game coming up.
“More importantly for me, we have a game before that. They also have a manager in (Maurizio) Sarri who is trying to get them to win that [Europa League] final.
“It’s been a bit of an obvious link all season. We’ve had a good year and I get linked because of my 13 years with the club.”