Wednesday 12 December 2018

Luis Enrique's hopes of landing Chelsea job given boost after Maurizio Sarri holds Napoli talks

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

Matt Law

Luis Enrique’s hopes of landing the Chelsea job could receive a significant boost after Maurizio Sarri held talks over staying at Napoli.

Sarri met with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Wednesday, which sources in Italy claim went well.

He is now expected to sign a new contract, despite being one of the leading candidates to replace head coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Chelsea are interested in both Sarri and former Barcelona manager Enrique, with sources believing that Conte’s successor is most likely to be one of the pair.

The Blues admire Mauricio Pochettino, but are well aware that their chances of being able to force him away from Tottenham Hotspur are extremely slim.

News of Sarri potentially signing a new Napoli contract will help Enrique’s case to resume his management career at Stamford Bridge.

He had been the leading candidate for the Chelsea job a few months ago, but his high wage demands convinced the club to look at alternative options.

Despite cooling on him at one point, Chelsea retain an interest in Enrique as they consider how best to replace Conte.

The biggest issue facing Chelsea over their managerial situation is whether or not they will have to pay Conte the full £9 million to sack him.

It had been hoped that a mutual split might be agreed with Conte walking straight into another job, but the Italian has stood firm and will only go if he is sacked.

With the Paris Saint-Germain job going to Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri and Sarri potentially staying at Juventus and Napoli, there is an increasing fear that Conte could take a year off and collect his full compensation.

Sarri is due to hold more talks with Napoli over the next 24 hours and the outcome of his negotiations could impact Chelsea’s plans.

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