Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Sarri identifies first signing for Chelsea

Sarri identifies first signing for Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri is close to becoming Chelsea's new manager.

Although Antonio Conte has yet to be given his marching orders from Stamford Bridge, Sarri is poised to take over the helm from his fellow Italian counterpart following further meetings in England's capital this week.

Sarri has already told the Chelsea board in their talks that top of his list to buy are Inter Milan's Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino and Spanish winger Jose Callejon from Napoli.

Despite no official confirmation from the club The London Evening Standard and The Sun report Sarri is already building up his backroom staff. Giovanni Martusciello - who he worked with at Empoli - will be lured away from Inter Milan whilst former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola, whose managerial career has not been a success, will also be part of the coaching staff.

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Vecino is known to Martusciello after making the move to Inter last summer, where his technical ability and energetic performances caught the eye during his 31 appearances for the Serie A side last season, which yielded three goals and two assists. So I think they have given him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think. One main reason for this downfall has been the shaky Chelsea back line that has conceded way too many goals this season. He has received lucrative offers from China, while Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Schalke have been linked.

Mertens offered a reminder of what he is capable of at the FIFA World Cup on Monday, netting a stunning volley for his country in their 3-0 win over Panama. With Pedro's Chelsea future uncertain as well, the need to bolster attack is urgent, with Mertens a possible solution on the right side of attack, where he will be able to link up with global teammate Eden Hazard.

It's not just in the transfer department where Sarri is hard at work.

However, Sarri's departure from Napoli has been complicated over the Italian club's compensation demands.

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