Next Chelsea manager: Blues hold positive Maurizio Sarri talks in Milan

Antonio Conte

According to a report in Football Italia however, Chelsea have been put off by Sarri's release at Napoli where - despite no longer being employed as manager - his contract remains valid and salary paid.

Napoli say that Chelsea must meet the clause, which expires tomorrow, or risk having to pay a larger fee via a negotiation.

Napoli might also take legal action against Sarri, as he is contracted to the club until 2020.

On Tuesday, Italy's calcionapoli24 claim Chelsea are now eyeing up Laurent Blanc instead.

Blanc has been out of management for two years since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, and has waited patiently for the right job to become available.

The Argentine has scored 30 goals for the Serie A champions since his £78m move from Napoli in 2016, and Chelsea have previously been linked with a move for the 30-year-old.

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According to De Laurentiis, both Conte and Ancelotti interviewed for the Napoli vacancy, in the wake of Maurizio Sarri's departure, but the Chelsea manager proved to be too insistent regarding the players he wanted to bring in.

Chelsea are reportedly hopeful that our managerial situation will be resolved next week.

Chelsea are working independently on their summer transfer targets, but appoitning a new manager is now the top priority at the club.

And Guardiola believes Sarri's arrival in the Premier League would be an improvement to English football.

Conte's future at Stamford Bridge is in the balance despite guiding the Blues to FA Cup victory over Manchester United earlier this month.

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