Chelsea's move for Sarri close to collapse?

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Conte is reportedly on his way out at Chelsea, with Sarri a likely replacement for the former Juventus boss.

It's said Chelsea are unwilling to pay the €8 million (£7 million) release clause it would take to terminate the contract of Sarri, who is still tied to Napoli despite the fact Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as his successor.

On Tuesday, Italy's calcionapoli24 claim Chelsea are now eyeing up Laurent Blanc instead.

Blanc has been out of management for two years since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, and has waited patiently for the right job to become available.

The Italian has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge to take over from Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to be sacked in the coming days.

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Sarri has two years left on his contract with the Serie A club, worth £1.2 millon a year, and it has been suggested that Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president, could keep him under contract.

It has been Chelsea's stalling attempt to appoint Sarri this summer which has seen the club step up their interest in other targets this summer.

The relationship with Conte has drastically soured in the last 12 months, with the Italian falling out with the club's hierarchy and key players.

And Guardiola believes Sarri's arrival in the Premier League would be an improvement to English football.

Despite going into the season one of the favourites for the Premier League title, Chelsea ended this campaign outside of the top four, preventing them from qualifying for Europe's flagship football competition for the second time in three seasons.

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