Thursday 20 June 2019

Blues set Juve fee for Sarri

Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA
Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA

Matt Law

Chelsea will not stand in the way of Maurizio Sarri if Juventus offer to pay up to £5million in compensation to take the manager back to Italy.

Sarri has emerged as one of the top candidates for the Juventus job, following the Massimiliano Allegri's departure, and Chelsea are aware of interest in their head coach from Italy, with Roma also interested.

Chelsea will not make any decision over the future of Sarri, who was twice close to being sacked this season, until after the Europa League final against Arsenal next week.

Qualification for the Champions League, along with the possibility of a trophy, had enhanced Sarri's prospects of holding on to his job for a second season, although his criticism of the club's post-season trip to the United States did not go down well.

With doubts over his future remaining and the club still concerned about his relationship with a group of fans, Chelsea would not try to hold Sarri against his will.

The 60-year-old has 12 months remaining on his £5million-a-year contract, which means Chelsea would want compensation. Allowing Sarri to leave would save Chelsea the threat of another legal battle with a manager were they to sack him.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud has signed a one-year contract extension.

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