The season came to a close with Chelsea winning the Europa League trophy against Arsenal, leading to massive post game celebrations from the entire team and Sarri’s cute little moment with his winner’s medal has gone viral ever since.
This was Sarri’s first major trophy of his career but it could be his last as a Chelsea coach if Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, predictor of hot days, is to be believed with his latest exclusive on the Italian gaffer.
He reports that Maurizio Sarri’s usual intermediary, Fali Ramadani, had a long meeting with the Chelsea as well as Sarri’s agent in London and the club have given the green light for Sarri’s release. Apparently Chelsea had made a promise to Sarri weeks ago that he would be allowed to leave even after winning the Europa League.
Ramadani is set to fly to Juventus headquarters to discuss further details of Maurizio’s arrival in Turin. Earlier, it was reported that Chesea had set a price of £5m for Sarri’s release and Juventus have been hot on the trails ever since and seem to be ready to pay up to have him succeed Max Allegri as their new head coach.
This puts Chelsea in a precarious situation ahead of a very important off-season. Eden Hazard has confirmed his departure in the summer while there is no light at the end of the tunnel regarding the club’s decision on serving the transfer ban. Few names touted to replace Sarri are Frank Lampard, Laurent Blanc and the departing Juventus coach, Max Allegri himself.
Lampard is yet to be tested at the top level and has sounded out his wish to continue at Derby following a defeat in the Championship playoffs final against Aston Villa, while Laurent Blanc has been jobless since departing PSG in 2016. Allegri is the best of the bunch in terms of managerial pedigree but are Chelsea willing to mow down the project they had started with Sarri, which involved changing the style of play from a pragmatic to a progressive one?
Surely makes for an interesting summer.
UPDATE: Further confirmation from Di Marzio.
#Sarri e la @juventusfc anche oggi si sono confermati la promessa reciproca: #Sarri (da solo) ha visto Marina del @ChelseaFC ribadendo la sua volontà. Manca ok finale di #Abramovich, ma sia #Sarri che la @juventusfc non si aspettano ostacoli o indennizzi da pagare @SkySport— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) May 31, 2019