Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Maurizio Sarri in double raid on Inter Milan

Maurizio Sarri in double raid on Inter Milan

Sarri, 59, guided Napoli to a club record number of points in a single Serie A season last term, with their tally of 91 still four short of champions Juventus.

Carlo Ancelotti has already been confirmed as Napoli's new coach for next season, and finding a solution to remove Sarri from the wage bill is not considered to be a major hurdle to him taking charge at Chelsea next season.

The Mirror UK reports that Sarri wants to make Mertens his first signing as Chelsea manager. The Chelsea board are more interested in exploring younger attacking options like Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund.

Mertens enjoyed a stunning turnaround in his productivity under the tutelage of Sarri, who was inspired in the player's transformation into a prolific striker from a mercurial winger.

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Manolas was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, but then looked set to join Zenit.

Sky Sports is reporting that the Italian manager's representatives have touched down in the capital to complete a deal for him to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer. The 22-year-old performed admirably but succumbed to errors in crunch games which proved to be Chelsea's weak link throughout the season.

That's where he plays for Belgium, on the opposite flank to Eden Hazard. "That view is unlikely to have changed, particularly with Mertens' £24.5 million Napoli release clause expiring last week".

Napoli, on the other hand, are reportedly looking to tie him down to a new deal once again in order to ward off suitors, or possible increase his transfer valuation.

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