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Chelsea set to appoint Sarri after reaching agreement to terminate Conte’s contract

Chelsea are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, after reaching an agreement to terminate Antonio Conte’s contract, by paying him and his staff £9.5million compensation.

Sarri is expected to be joined by former Blues striker, Gianfranco Zola, in a new-look management team.

Zola is currently working with SuperSport as a pundit for the 2018 World, but will cut short the gig to fly back to London on Wednesday.

Sarri is however still tied to Napoli, who want around £3.5m in compensation.

However, his lawyers are understood to have been trying to argue a constructive dismissal case, following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as new Napoli boss.

Chelsea had also considered Laurent Blanc and Luis Enrique, but Sarri has always been Roman Abramovich’s preference.

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