Juventus director Fabio Paratici is in London, as Maurizio Sarri has been “grumbling and a bit pessimistic” about Chelsea releasing him.
It has been said for days now that Sarri has a deal with Juve and Chelsea had agreed to release him from his contract by mutual consent after just one year.
However, the exit is continually delayed amid reports in Italy that Chelsea changed their minds, as they’ll only let him go with some form of compensation.
The Sun claimed today that Chelsea are trying to convince Sarri to stay instead, as they are unimpressed by the alternatives, including Frank Lampard.
Several Italian sources now place Juventus director Paratici in London, where he’ll negotiate face-to-face with Marina Granovskaia to secure Sarri’s release.
There is technically a €5m clause in the contract, but Juventus had believed it would be waived in exchange for a discount on Gonzalo Higuain’s €9m six-month loan.
Federico Cherubini, who works with Paratici at Juve, was asked about Sarri as he walked out of a meeting in Milan.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” he replied with a smile to Sportitalia.
Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi, who gave Sarri his first Serie A job and remains close with the Coach, gave an update on the situation this evening.
“Sarri is having problems getting away from Chelsea,” Corsi told Telelombardia.
“He’s grumbling now and is a bit pessimistic, we heard from him this morning, but Juve told me on Saturday that they trust it'll be done soon. That was Saturday, now it's Wednesday... I hope for everyone's sake this gets resolved.”