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Chelsea to allow Maurizio Sarri to quit to become Juventus manager

Deal for the Italian to leave Stamford Bridge after just one season in charge

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri celebrates winning the Europa League with the trophy and their players. Phil Noble / Reuters
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri celebrates winning the Europa League with the trophy and their players. Phil Noble / Reuters

Chelsea have agreed a compensation deal worth in excess of £5 million (Dh23.2m) for manager Maurizio Sarri to join Juventus, it has been reported.

The 60-year-old will reportedly sign a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the Italian giants, with an announcement expected as early as Friday.

Sarri only joined Chelsea last summer after three years at Napoli, replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte.

He guided the London side to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League, but still endured a tough campaign at Stamford Bridge with fans not convinced by his style of play.

Chelsea also reached the League Cup final, but lost to Manchester City in a match overshadowed by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to be substituted before the penalty shoot-out.

It appears Sarri has now opted to return to Italy and take over at Juve, the Serie A champions for the last eight seasons, who parted company with Allegri this summer.

Allegri, 51, had been linked with the Chelsea job but announced on Thursday that he would be taking a year off to "recharge his batteries".

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who led Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager, is favourite to land the role.

Should he get the job, the 40-year-old would become Chelsea's first permanent English manager in 23 years.

Updated: June 14, 2019 11:58 AM

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