After months and months of speculation, it now seems that Chelsea’s search for a new manager is coming towards an end. With reports emerging that Antonio Conte and his staff have agreed severance packages to leave the club, it now means Maurizio Sarri can take over at Stamford Bridge. It is understood that the former Napoli boss could be confirmed as the next Chelsea boss as early as later this week. He is set to be joined by Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who is to be his number two at the club.
If Sarri does take over at Stamford Bridge, it is understood that one of his main targets this summer will be CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. The Russian midfielder impressed in the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia, and could be set for a move to West London later this transfer window. Chelsea aren’t the only club interested, however, with Arsenal and Juventus also said to be keen on the 22-year-old. It is believed that the friendship between Roman Abramovich and the CSKA owner could move the deal in Chelsea’s favour.
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has confirmed that Chelsea have approached him to be manager of the club on two occasions. When Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, he was reportedly keen on bringing Eriksson to the club.
“I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England.
“But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less.
“That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes.
“I was offered the job when Abramovich took over, but when Ranieri left it was also discussed again.
“I don’t regret it. You can’t have two good jobs at the same time. It became too messy.”