Sarri talks hit stalemate as Chelsea line-up former favourite to replace Conte

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Chelsea have taken a drastic turn in their search for a manager as Luis Enrique has could be named Antonio Conte’s successor as soon as next week

For so long, Maurizio Sarri was in line to replace his compatriot at Chelsea. However, the financial dealings with Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis seemed to have taken their toll on his chances. Barcelona based Sport is claiming that Chelsea is all set to appoint former favourite Luis Enrique as their next manager.

Despite this reveal, reports in English media suggest few other names remain in the hunt for Chelsea’s managerial position including the likes of Laurent Blanc and former manager Avram Grant.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s reason to drop their interest in Sarri has been seemingly straightforward. The report says that the Blues are unwilling to pay €8 million for his services despite his release clause having expired the previous week. Interestingly, Napoli has already appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

As far as Luis Enrique is concerned, the Spaniard appeared to be London-bound earlier in the summer, though his exact destination was unclear. He was first seen as the next Blues manager as soon as it was made clear that Conte would be out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The interest, however, cooled soon after.

Arsenal then came into the fray with Director of Football Relations, Raul Sanllehi championing Enrique to succeed Arsene Wenger. His exorbitant wage and budget demands were what saw him being usurped by Unai Emery.

Author’s Take

Chelsea’s summer has not begun on the right note. Abramovich’s decision to drop the stadium plans have come as a huge blow to the club. The first they need to do now is get their managerial situation sorted. Whether it is Sarri or Enrique, the Blues need to finalise their manager and let the players and the world know about it.

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