Chelsea give nod for Sarri to join Juventus

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea for Juventus
Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea for Juventus

Maurizio Sarri is now cleared to sign a three-year deal with Juventus, as his current employers, Chelsea have given the go ahead after the Italian champions agreed a £7million compensation fee on Thursday.

Sarri, 60, had agreed in principle with Juventus last month after they made him their top choice to replace Massimiliano Allegri, but Chelsea were reluctant to release him without compensation.

The two clubs finally struck a deal to bring an end to the protracted negotiations after further talks between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who flew to London to try and find a resolution, on Thursday.

Sarri who joined English side from Napoli lin 2018, had two years left on his $6.3m-a-year Chelsea contract. And the Blues were refusing to cave into Juventus's attempts to land Sarri on the cheap.


Maurizio Sarri endured a frustrating season at Chelsea

At one stage, Juventus hoped they would land Sarri for nothing as they usually refuse to pay compensation for managers.

However, Chelsea refused to give in and forced Juve to top up in another negotiation win for Granovskaia, who was holding out for as big a compensation fee as possible, a week after she made Real Madrid agree a deal worth up to $189.m for Eden Hazard despite the Belgian having just one year left on his contract.

He will earn up to US$7.8million a year as manager of Juventus and his exit will be rubber-stamped in the next 24 hours, while Chelsea will step up their attempts to replace him with Derby boss Frank Lampard the leading candidate.

Chelsea were adamant Sarri would only go on their terms and, as reported by Sportsmail on Wednesday, they were happy to let the situation drag on until their demands were met.

While he seemed set for the sack earlier this season the club's stance changed when he managed to save his job when he led the Blues to a strong finish to the season.

Maurizio Sarri set to leave Chelsea for Juventus

He led Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, ensured that they finished third in the Premier League and earned a Champions League slot and topped the season with the Europa League title.

That made Chelsea bosses have a change of mind and assured that Sarri's job was safe, insisting there was plan of sacking him.

The Italian joined Chelsea on July 14, 2018, replacing fellow Italian, Antonio Conte who was sacked the day before.

Source: Sports Mail