The Maurizio Sarri train seems to be vertical tiki-taka-ing itself directly back to Italy, Juventus specifically, after just one season at Chelsea. It’s not all signed, sealed, and delivered just yet, but according to the Mail, personal terms have been agreed and Sarri’s even due a pay rise of £1.2m!
Of course, personal terms are only just that, personal terms, with a heavy dose of agents and representatives (holla back, Fali Ramadani!) involved and meddling as well, surely. Eden Hazard reportedly agreed personal terms — or come to an “agreement in principle” — with Real Madrid about six million times in the last few years.
Maurizio Sarri agrees terms with Juventus which would net him a £1.2m-a-year pay rise as club look to agree compensation with Chelsea after Europa League final | @AdrianJKajumba and @Matt_Barlow_DM https://t.co/i4PYzilaKY pic.twitter.com/WZA9osd5gO— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 27, 2019
Beyond the headline, the report is rather light on details of this supposed personal agreement, but does expect Juventus and Chelsea to hash out the details of the move pretty quickly after the conclusion of the Europa League final and the season as a whole. That part certainly fits with the narrative so far.
Previous reports made it clear that Chelsea will not sack Sarri (and thus have to pay him off), but instead expect Juventus to pay around €5m for the opportunity to make him their next manager after Max Allegri.
The Mail’s report goes even one step beyond the most recent reports out of Italy, where Sarri remains just the number one candidate for the Old Lady (and frequent front page material for the sports dailies).
Juventus have identified Maurizio Sarri as their first choice to replace departing boss Massimiliano Allegri, according to Sky Italy.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 27, 2019
(Gotta love the typical Sky “BREAKING NEWS” on something that’s at least a week old.)