The agent of Maurizio Sarri has reportedly touched down in London to finalise talks with Chelsea.
The Italian coach has been heavily linked with the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Antonio Conte remains in charge.
After failing to retain the Premier League title, Conte came under pressure at Chelsea, and the latest reports indicate that the Blues are prepared to pay €5m (£4.4m) to release Sarri from his contract at Napoli.
The 59-year-old left the Serie A giants at the end of the season, but he is still under contract, therefore making the move to Chelsea slightly trickier.
According to Sky Sports News, the appointment seems to be edging closer as Sarri’s agent has arrived in London to finalise a deal. Sarri had been in charge of Napoli since 2015.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly become the latest club linked with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish by offering the Englishman a “tempting” transfer package.
Tottenham Hotspur have previously been credited with interest with the 22-year-old, alongside Newcastle United and Leicester City.
News outlet TEAMtalk has reported, however, that Chelsea have submitted a £30m deal for Grealish, which includes the option of the midfielder heading back to Villa Park on loan for the upcoming season.
The Englishman is expected to leave Villa this summer as the club look to avoid a financial crisis, but the West Midlands club are allegedly holding out until a sizeable offer is received.
Grealish, who missed the first three months of the campaign due to a kidney problem, made 33 appearances for Steve Bruce’s team last season.