Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could be sacked and replaced by Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri

Senegal surprised the football world after their 2-1 win over Poland to become the first African team to win a match in this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Former Napoli boss, the Sopranos-esque chainsmoker and football aesthete Maurizio Sarri, has yet to be officially confirmed as Chelsea manager, although the move is very close to becoming official depending on who you believe.

'I'am disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach.

It will not come as a surprise to many with Sarri being strongly linked to the Chelsea role for many months.

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Sarri's agent is in London to finalise his move to Stamford Bridge as the Blues prepare for a changing of the guard.

"They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach", Koulibaly told Talksport about Sarri.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Sarri is already putting together his Chelsea FC backroom staff despite no official announcement from the west London side about his anticipated appointment. We know we can win something with him. When a coach like this comes he needs time.

Chelsea could have to pay £4.5m if they were to employ Sarri before July 1 but that figure would go up to £7m after that date. At Chelsea I think it will be the same.' He added.

"At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much".

Sarri has been holding talks with Chelsea over a deal to take over from Antonio Conte and he has already been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti. It now remains to be seen if Sarri is able to convince the Chelsea board to sign Mertens and kick-start their transfer spending for the summer.

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