With Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger left with 18-months on his current contract while Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hasn’t impressed anyone with results and his constant complaints about club transfer policy, the two London clubs are in search of a new manager and they seem to be going for the same man.
That man is Napoli gaffer, Maurizio Sarri. Reports in Italy suggest Sarri has a £7m buyout clause inserted into his contract which any buying club will have to pay.
He has led Napoli to the summit of Serie A, thus attracting the attention of European giants.
Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea want the 59-year-old to take charge once Conte leaves his post at the end of the season.
But respected Italian football agent Federico Pastorello has indicated that the Gunners are potentially a more likely destination than rivals Chelsea.
“Sarri? Arsenal are mainly being talked about for him,” said Pastorello.
“There’s been less talk about [Massimiliano] Allegri, but it’s hard to find a better coach than him for Juve.
“From experience, I’ve learned that in the market, the most concrete negotiations take place in silence.”
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge as sporting director in a new structure once Conte leaves.