CHELSEA have been dealt a major blow with Maurizio Sarri reportedly set for a new Napoli deal.
The Italian boss, 59, was one of the Blues’ main managerial targets as they look to replace Antonio Conte.
REUTERS Maurizio Sarri was close to ending Juventus’ run of consecutive league titles
But Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Sarri met Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis yesterday to discuss an extension.
It adds that the talks went well, with the in-demand tactician set to sign up until 2021 after turning his side into title contenders.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also wanted by Stamford Bridge chiefs but the Argentinian will be almost impossible to prise away from White Hart Lane.
The development leaves Luis Enrique in pole position to land the role as Conte’s successor.