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Sarri ‘freedom’ dominates front pages in Italy on Champions League final day

Bigger story than the Champions League final!

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The Italian press woke up this fine Saturday morning, Champions League final morning, saw the news out of England of Sarri’s request to leave Chelsea and Chelsea granting that request to “free” him (possibly with some conditions), and went ham on the front pages.

Both Torino-based Tuttosport and the biggest sports daily in Naples, Corriere dello Sport, put Sarri front and center, relegating Antonio Conte’s appointment at Inter to the sidebar and the Champions League final to just a blurb. (The famous pink pages of La Gazzetta dello Sports, the country’s biggest sports newspaper, did go with the obvious Champions League preview as the lead, with Sarri as the blurb right above it.)

In any case, there’s no real new developments since all that came out yesterday, with everybody else playing catchup.

While some reports in Italy do still mention a potential plot twist, with either Mauricio Pochettino or Pep Guardiola coming in at the eleventh hour, Sarri’s arrival at Juventus is seemingly all but confirmed at this point. Most agree that Juventus will actually get it done without having to pay any compensation, which does fit the whole “mutual agreement” vibe that yesterday’s reports created.

As the meme goes, ah [SNUFFLEUPAGUS], here we go again.

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