Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte as Chelsea head coach

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But Chelsea moved in, with Maurizio Sarri - Jorginho's mentor - replacing Antonio Conte as manager at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri flew to London yesterday to complete negotiations over his move to Chelsea after the club confirmed the departure of Antonio Conte nearly a day after he was dismissed. "It is an exciting new period in my career", Sarri said, according to Chelsea's official website.

City were previously interested in the 26-year-old Italy worldwide but it is Sarri's side who have won the race to sign the player.

Juventus are ready to offload the Argentina global after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and are keen to do business before 23rd July, when Higuain would be due to report for pre-season training.

"He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge".

Conte had been expected to go at the end of last season after Chelsea, who won the 2016-17 Premier League title in his stellar first campaign in charge, finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

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It's also being reported that Sarri is keen to make Gonzalo Higuain his first signing for Chelsea, with Alvaro Morata perhaps involved in any deal to bring the Juventus striker to the Premier League.

As he was still in the final year of a three-season contract, Conte is due a £9m payoff which the club will contest.

He revealed this following City's 2-1 win over the Serie A side in the Champions League.

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