Thursday July 12 2018
‘Sarri close to Chelsea’

Napoli’s lawyer confirms “we’re not there yet” for Maurizio Sarri, but an agreement could be closed with Chelsea “between today and tomorrow”.

The former Partenopei Coach is expected to take over at Stamford Bridge, but a compensation package hasn’t been agreed and Antonio Conte is still in charge.

Sarri is expected to sign imminently, but so far there is no definitive agreement.

“We’re not there yet, you have to be patient,” Mattia Grassani said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“It’s a complex negotiation in terms of texts and technicalities. It’s not simply based on Napoli giving the go-ahead to Chelsea.

“Not everything is done yet because [President] Aurelio De Laurentiis takes care of the smallest details and then dictates the line to me.

“He doesn’t want to leave anything to chance in the future. When a Coach changes teams he tends to bring along two or three loyal lieutenants, De Laurentiis doesn’t want that to happen so we’re taking care of those details.

“De Laurentiis wants to close this window, after Jorginho goes to Chelsea then the route from Naples to London will be closed, for any player.

“Today or tomorrow Sarri could sign, it’s close and is about to happen.

“As for Jorginho, he preferred Chelsea to Manchester City because of the destination and also because Sarri will be there with the Blues, it’s practically all done.”

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