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Chelsea news: Blues eyeing up influential Serie A ace as possible Conte replacement

Chelsea fans, your club could be in good hands should Antonio Conte leave.

It’s being reported that the Blues could hire another Italian should the former Juventus boss end up departing Stamford Bridge.

Football Italia are saying that the west London side could be eyeing up Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as a possible replacement for Conte, something that was originally reported by 7 Gold Television.

The news outlet are also saying that Blues would be willing to pay the 58-year-old €12M-a-year, with it being said that he has a release clause of €7.5M in his current Napoli contract.

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Since joining the Serie A giants in 2015, Sarri has done an absolutely fantastic job so far in charge of the Gil Azzurri.

The Italian has amassed a win record percentage of 66.96 so far, with the former Empoli boss winning an impressive 75 of the 112 games he’s overseen in total.

Sarri have managed to achieve respectable second and third place finishes in the last two seasons respectively, and with his side currently unbeaten and sitting in second place, it wouldn’t surprise to many fans to see the club mount a serious push for the title this year.

One of the main reasons Sarri has succeeded so much during his time with the club is due to the play style he’s managed to implement during his short time at the club.

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The high pressing, high octane and fast-paced style of football that the Italian has managed to introduce to his side is one of the main reasons why Napoli have been doing as well as they have.

His utilisation of Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne has also played a huge part in Napoli’s successes, as their ability to press as a unit gives opposition teams no time on the ball whatsoever.

Should they keep up their current form, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Naples-based side lifting the Scuddetto come May.

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